On May 4, the Patriots 16th Annual Youth Summit on Technology will be held at Bowie State University. The Youth Summit on Technology is Patriots’ original and signature event. It is now attended by over 700 students each year and a growing number of parents. Students are accepted from 5th grade through high school. The purpose of the Summit is to get students excited about the possibility of college, and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The summit will take place at the Patriots Technology Training Center and will consist of morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will consist of a mix and mingle breakfast attended by school and elected officials, and a full schedule of workshops on technology and career topics.
Simultaneously there will be parent workshops on finding the money and resources to pay for college, and on financing college through federal agencies that provide employment during and after college. The workshop presenters will be from schools, government, and high-tech corporations. The lunch program will follow, and there will be exhibits open during the breakfast and lunch programs.
For the afternoon session, there will be a Computer Building Competition open to four-member teams. All 5th to 12th grade students are eligible. There is an entrance fee of $40/person. Entrance can be as a team or Patriots will assign participants to a team. The team that builds the computer fastest will win the competition, and each member of the winning team will receive a Lap Top computer. Students do not have to know how to do build a computer before entering the competition. The Patriots has provided instructions to all participants on the three previous Saturdays leading up the competition.
There will also be a Patrotech Game Show, in Jeopardy format. There will be eight, three-member high school teams which will be eligible to participate in this competition. Interested participants should contact the Patriots. The teams will answer questions from a panel of high-tech professionals. Teams registered early for the competition have received study questions.
All students will receive nice event bags with promotional items from different companies plus a Summit T-shirt. There will also be door prizes.
The Youth Summit is made possible by paid sponsorships from government and corporations. About 50-60 companies are represented at this event. There will be a program booklet that will recognize the participation of all sponsors and other participating organizations and volunteers.
Visit the Patriots’ website for more information about the summit and for registration details.