To ensure technological inclusion by enabling our black families and other communities to be active in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) initiatives to increase knowledge, competitiveness and quality of everyday life.
Serve as community ambassadors to increase awareness of and exposure to the potentials and opportunities for applied technology to benefit Black Families.
In 2004, Community NETwork African American Telecommunications Professionals of SBC, W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center, and the Black Data Processing Associates started working on the Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign, one goal was to start a local recognition of Black Family Technology Awareness Week. Members from these groups formed the Black Family Technology Awareness Association (BFTAA).
The BFTAA incorporated in 2005 and has hosted 5 Black Family Technology Awareness Week events. We have established a successful Youth Technology Fair Program that has awarded over $25,000.00 in computer and technology prizes to more than 50 students in the greater Kansas City Area.
The BFTAA has partnered with groups and institutions to eliminate the digital divide including UMKC School of Computing & Engineering, The Learning Exchange, Penn Valley Community College, National Society of Black Engineers, and many corporate sponsors. We will continue to work on digital inclusion for all.
In 2010 BFTAA through our association with Career Communications Group we were introduced to the VEX Robotics program. The BFTAA began work to start VEX robotics teams in Kansas City. In 2011 the BFTAA held Kansas City's first VEX Robotics competition.
2012 Our Robotics program continues to grow. We have established Five VEX Robotics teams in Kansas City and have begun a partnership with Union Station Science City that we hope will help us grow the Robotics program and the Youth Technology Club.
The Kansas City youth Technology Fair celebrated 12 years
of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in 2016. The program has developed into an event that the
community looks forward to every year. Youth have been featured on news cast
and the projects have reflected the changes in technology
over the years. In 2005 the winning students displayed projects on super
conductors and water cooled computers. We are now seeing projects on
robotics and hoover craft trash collectors for the environment.
participant Jaylen Lewis said “I want to go to a big college for four years for
my masters and become an engineer.” Daniel Jackson second place essay winner in
2012 said that the essay question made her think harder than she knew she
could, she is now a nursing student in St. Louis at Washington University.
We have awarded over $31,000.00 in prizes to over 100
entrants during the past 12 years.
The VEX Robotics program has grown from two
robotics teams in 2009 to four teams and more organizations want to start team
than we have resources to handle. We have hosted 5 robotics competitions in
Kansas City with over 25 teams at each event. Robot teams have come from four
states to compete and look forward to our events every year.
The robotics program partnered with the
Kansas City Boys and Girls Clubs and hosted STEM and robotics summer camps at the
Thornberry Club on 43rd. and Cleveland beginning in 2012 through 2014. Black
Family Technology Awareness Association has also trained and helped host
robotics as part of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Dept. summer program
in 2013 through 2015.
To start a low power radio station that will be operated and maintained by community high school and college students as well as members of the community served.
By the end of the 18 month fcc construction
period to have completed installation of radio equipment and started
broadcasting. To have first class of student radio producers, and on air personalities
from collaborations with the Boys and Girls Club, and Kansas City School
To have a FM community radio station that is
recognized in the community it serves in 5 years. With 50% of daytime programing 8am to
5:00 created for and by youth in the listening area. To be a workforce
development site for students and adults that would like to get into the
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