The third annual Teen Tech Day, sponsored by Greater New Orleans Inc., is scheduled for March 23rd, 2013 at Delgado Community College. It’s a one-day interactive conference, created in 2011 by New Orleans Tech, to emphasize math, science, and engineering as tool to enable teens to use technology anywhere from a hobby to a career. It’s designed to help the teens interact with the speakers and each other to get excited about technology.
“Last year we actually saw a spike in the attendance with more females,” said one of the organizers, Shercole King. “In our first year it was male dominated. It was truly great for me to see more females taking an interest in technology. I’m looking forward to seeing more this year.”
This year will be a 95% hands-on learning environment, which will likely bump up engagement with the teens from last year’s 50/50 approach that included lecture and interactive portions of the day. As of last week, ten teens have registered. Organizers are still looking to fill more spots in the upcoming weeks. They are also looking for speakers and volunteers for the event.
Although the list of speakers will not be announced for a few weeks, King shared they have locked down a Keynote Speaker who will truly inspire the teens.
The schedule of events for Teen Tech Day is listed below:
- Morning Tech Sessions: Participants will be involved in morning sessions covering different tech topics. Each topic will have local presenters who are experts in their respective fields.
- Guest Speaker: The guest speaker will talk to the group about the importance of technology in their studies, personal lives, and potential future careers.
- Mid-Day Project: Participants will be broken up into teams to participate in a hands-on project. Each team will present their final product to their peers and also judges in order to win prizes.
- Afternoon Tech Sessions: Participants will be involved in afternoon tech sessions covering different tech topics. Each topic will have local presenters who are experts in their respective fields.
For more information on Teen Tech Day and how to apply or donate, visit TeenTechDay.com.