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Classic Robotics Showcase & Invitational Will Highlight Hundreds of Youth and Many Outstanding Georgia Robotics Programs
Classic Robotics Showcase & Invitational Presented by Georgia Power Set to Bring Youth Together to Dialogue About Robotics, Technology and Much More
Atlanta, GA – September 20, 2011 – Robot enthusiasts will soon converge on downtown Atlanta with one destination in mind, the Georgia World Congress Center for a robotics showcase presented by long-standing partner Georgia Power. Friday, September 23, 2011 will mark the second year 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. has hosted this unique Robotics Showcase & Invitational during the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic weekend. “Once again we will enable students who love math, science and technology to display the tremendous robotic projects they’ve designed, in a non-competitive environment,” stated John Grant, CEO, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
This event became a natural extension of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.’s Summer of Invention and Innovation. This summer marked the second year and students logged 14,400 activity hours during the 8 week program. The robotics invitational will showcase robotic designs created by those students who now make up new FIRST LEGO® League teams. FIRST Robotics Challenge teams, as well as FIRST Tech Challenge teams from metro Atlanta, and surrounding Georgia counties, will provide demonstrations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to “operate a robot” and participate in informational talks during the day.
Keynote Speaker Kelvin M. Manning, NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Associate Director for Business Operations, will deliver current information about the evolving world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In addition, the 100 Scholars Robotics Alliance and Georgia Power have collaborated with Georgia Tech Robo Jackets, and Spelman SPELBOTS to create a fun-filled day of interactivity and learning while reinforcing STEM messaging. They will bring that message to over 750 students from Atlanta, Douglass County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County and Bibb County Schools.
“The Classic Robotics Showcase & Invitational and the Summer of Invention and Innovation are two shining examples of the work the Project Success Robotics Alliance is doing,” stated Bart Sudderth, 100 Robotics Alliance Program Administrator. “Students excel at math and science because they learn fun, tangible ways to apply it." The 100’s robotics program has a proven track record of students completing the program, graduating with honors and going on to pursue an education in engineering, such as: Joseph Tanner - Southern Polytechnic State, Jaimison Smith - Southern Polytechnic State, Denzel Thornton -- Tuskegee University, Broderick Bynum – University of Jacksonville,
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Tesfa Ayana - Southern Polytechnic State, Christian Vinson -Tuskegee University, Vivian Stepp - Georgia Institute of Technology, Javier Heard – Devry and Nijel Rogers - West Point Military Academy.
Georgia Power is the presenting sponsor of e 100 Black Men of Atlanta's Project Success Robotics Alliance for the 8th year. The program’s goal of motivating young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, aligns with Georgia Power's commitment to education and goal to recruit a quality work force of highly skilled employees. “This partnership and our commitment to education is a win for students, corporations, communities, our nation and the global economy,” said John Grant, CEO, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
Who: 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
What: Classic Robotics Showcase & Invitational Presented by Georgia Power
When: Friday, September 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Building C, Exhibit Hall C2
The showcase is one of many events taking place during the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic Week. Visit www.atlantafootballclassic.com for the schedule of events, many of which are free and open to the public.
First organized by 100 Black Men of Atlanta in 1989, the Back of America Atlanta Football Classic has evolved into the second largest recurring college sporting event in Georgia. Culminating in the largest attended HBCU Classic game between rival programs, complete with a full marching band showdown, the Classic’s weekend agenda of events includes the robotics invitational; a collegiate symposium; health & college fairs; the Parade of Excellence and much, more! Bringing 150,000 visitors into the city, the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic generates nearly $30M in Georgia's economy each year and has a permanent exhibit located in the Georgia Dome, commemorating its success. Ticket prices start at $10.00.For more information visit www.atlantafootballclassic.com
About 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
The mission of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth in the Atlanta community. The 100 is one of the city's strongest African American volunteer organizations focused on education, enrichment and empowerment. The organization's community work is performed through its flagship program, Project Success, a mentoring and academic support initiative with the following components: The 100 Academy (Saturday School), Mentoring, the 100 Resource Learning Center (100 RLC), the Collegiate 100, The Best Academy at Benjamin S. Carson, the Project Success Robotics Alliance, the 100 Robotics Training Center, Family & Youth Empowerment Programs and Health & Wellness Initiatives. To learn more about Project Success, to volunteer, become a sponsor or make a donation visit www.100blackmen-atlanta.org.
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