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CCCCD Hosts Black Family Technology Day 2004

CCCCD HOSTS BLACK FAMILY TECHNOLOGY DAY 2004

Sept. 24, 2004 – Collin County Community College District will host the second annual Black Family Technology Day from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at the college’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, in Plano. Free and open to the public, this year’s event revolves around the theme “Living in an Analog World, Dominated by Digital Inputs—Making the Transition!” and targets Plano’s Douglass community and socio-economically challenged families. Participants of all ages are invited to bridge the digital divide with hands-on technology demonstrations, a robotics contest and electronic gifts including computers, calculators and PDAs.

The technology day is sponsored by Cisco Systems, Raytheon Systems’ Black Employee Network (RAYBEN), Texas Instruments’ Black Employee Initiative (TI-BEI), the Metroplex chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and North Carolina A&T State University, the Chi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and SAGEsse Consulting LLC.

Dr. Dannellia Gladden-Green, founder of the area’s Black Family Technology Day and wireless strategic marketing manager at Texas Instruments, created the day to expose families to technology by offering interactive experiences and products they can touch and use.

“We want to put technology in the palm of their hands, whether it is a keyboard or a wireless device. There have been so many people who have touched my life and inspired me to excel in math and science. Although I can never repay the debt, I can do my best to pass that inspiration on to others,” said Dr. Gladden-Green.

Corporate sponsors share Dr. Gladden-Green’s desire to make technology accessible and exciting for area families.

“Last year’s event was great, and Texas Instruments always wants to be at the forefront of increasing the exposure of technology in any community,” said Taiwan Barksdale, TI University relations manager.

Raytheon has a long history of being a good corporate citizen and providing resources to close technological gaps. Our ongoing commitment to Bowman Middle School and other area programs makes our sponsorship of this event a natural fit,” said David Anderson of Raytheon.

The opening session will kick off with an inspirational speech from Brittany Chambers, a high school student who, while in middle school, competed against high school students and won the George Washington Carver College Oratorical and was awarded a college scholarship. As an eighth grade student, Chambers took second place at the state level of the Optimist Club Oratorical.

A panel discussion addressing “How to Increase My Technical IQ” will follow the featured speaker. Following the opening session, high school students can engage in computer simulations, middle school students can compete in a robotics competition and elementary students can construct robots with Lego’s. Parents are encouraged to attend sessions with their children and participate in a web page development tutorial and other software literacy training.

With the intent to give back to the community, CCCCD Associate Dean of Engineering Technology Wayne Jones, and Professor of Engineering Technology John Wilkins will provide a wireless LAN demonstration and introduce participants to audio chat opportunities using Voice over IP for limited broadcast media. Black Family Technology Day will close with judges announcing the winners of the robotics competition.

For more information, visit the website at www.blackfamilytechnologyday.org, or contact Dr. Danni Gladden-Green at 214.636.0692 or dee2@ti.com.

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