TechFest is Free Family Fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). TechFest 2012 (the Tenth Annual) will be Saturday, February 18, 2012 (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and Sunday, February 19, 2012 (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) at Sinclair Community College. No admission fee, free parking, and advance registration is not required.
The purpose of TechFest is to motivate youth in grades K-12 to study math and science in their regular academic setting (Public, Parochial, Charter, Private, or Home School). TechFest 2011 had over 70 hands-on exhibits and demonstrations for youth to have person based interactive experiences with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and related disciplines, topics and fields.
In the hand-on exhibits you can talk with practicing professional scientist and engineers in a wide variety of topics including life sciences, aviation, meteorology, manufacturing aviation and more. Also, the TechFestTM2011 program included eleven speakers who delivered 37 entertaining and information packed presentations on STEM topics (the infotainment part of the program.
Bart Aslin, Chief Operating Officer, SME Education Foundation, stated, “TechFest 2010 was an eye opening experience. I took my 10-year-old son along to judge his reaction to the event. He was blown away by the number of fun, interactive activities and walked away with a greater interest in STEM subjects. The SME Education Foundation fully endorses TechFest. We are excited to be a small part of this huge impact-filled event!
Over 2,500 youth registered in 2011. Over 20,000 have attended since 2003. These youth, in grades k-12 and their parents, came from public, parochial, private, and charter schools as well as the home school environment.
The Affiliate Societies Council (ASC) web site has a flyer promoting TechFest 2012. http://www.ascdayton.org/TechFest/techfest2012_flyer.pdf The flyer is not only for your information it is also for sending to youth and their parents including friends, business associates, club and organization associates, immediate family, and other relatives. Feel free to post it on your face book or other social media.
For those who can help make TechFestTM2012 a success, the TechFest volunteer registration site is http://techfest2012volunteers.eventbrite.com/. Certificates of Participation for Community Service will be awarded by the ASC.
Recently Dayton Chapter 18 Society Of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) presented a check for $1,000 to the 2012 TechFest committee. The national SME Chapter committed another $1,000 to match the local Chapter. The SME Chapter 18 held a golf outing this past June and all proceeds went to TechFest 2012. “We want to thank everyone who supported this effort” said Mike Monier, Chapter 18 President, “getting young adults interested in science and manufacturing is very important to our community now and in the future.”
Article submitted by:
Lyle Lockwood, UTC Dayton
Mike Monnier, Dayton Chapter 18 SME President