Grass-Roots Tech Organization Reaches 20-Year Youth Tech Milestone

SEAT PLEASANT, MDPatriots Technology Training Center (Patriots) 20th annual Youth Summit on Technology launched Saturday, May 6, 2017 with a Mix and Mingle breakfast session, industry keynote speaker, career and organization exhibits. Members congratulated Patriots’ Founder and Executive Director, Thurman Jones (next photo, far right), for reaching their 20-year milestone.

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College and technical career workshops were conducted by Industry with parents, students, and community leaders. Parent workshops on tuition for college, financial resources for college, and federal agency programs that provide internships were presented to attendees and BDPA Student Members.

IMG_8310This year’s tech summit was an exciting one-day technology forum bringing Patriots’ students together with high-tech, government, and education professionals from the National Capital Region in fun-filled learning environments.

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart (above), U.S. Marine Corps, provided the keynote address. General Stewart is the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Patriot’s Tech Summits are designed to introduce and prepare students for college and open new possibilities for each of them to pursue a new career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM).  This year’s Youth Tech Summit competitions included:

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  • Computer Building
  • Cyber Security
  • Flight Simulation
  • Renewable Energy
    Patro Tech  Jeopardy Game

Prior to the turn of the century in the mid to late 1990’s, Patriots Technology Training Center hosted National BDPA’s Washington D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC) high school computer competition (HSCC) training programs.  Patriots also engages in Lego, Robotics, Bio-Medical, Solar System, Flight Simulation, Video Design, Cyber Security and Science Bowl competitions.

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Patriots’ students and BDPA Student Members also attend annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) conferences, annual Regional BDPA Innovation Summits, and participate in National BDPA Technology Conference coding (HSCC) and IT Showcase competitions.

Sources:
Patriots Technology Training Center
BDPA Washington, D.C.
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© 2017 bdpatoday

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