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And the Winner of the Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition is ….

And the Winner of the Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition is ….

Patriots Technology Training Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy was proud to host the 6th Annual Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl - a math and science competition for middle school students.  With the nation’s focus on energy independence and sustainability, it’s important to promote the benefits of science and math among middle school youth.

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

The Patriots 4th Annual visit to the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day

Friday, February 25, 2011, was a fun-filled day for the Patriots members that joined Rodney Beverly and Danna Jennings at the 20th Annual Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day.  Mr. Beverly is also a Member of the Patriots Board of Directors.  

During a Mix and Mingle breakfast our members enjoyed the opportunity to network with Microsoft representatives who encouraged them to learn about the opportunities that the field of technology can bring.  Overall, the objective of Microsoft's Minority Student Day was to provide a mechanism for students to learn about emerging technologies that Microsoft is developing for the present and near future, plus their ability to one day possibly be the creator of that technology. 

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

The U.S. Department of the NAVY hosted and invited our members to attend the Stars & Strips reception held during the Black Engineers Awards Conference on February 18, 2011.  The NAVY (Flag Officers) had round-table discussions with the students based on their interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).  

On Saturday, February 19th, the Patriots attended the conference where hundreds of organizations were available to help our youth focus on the importance of STEM related fields in an effort to develop the necessary leadership skills to be successful in their future career goals.

Area Students Competed in the Annual Biomedical Competition

It was check-up time for the Patriots on February 7, 2011! The U.S. National Institutes of Health and four of their institutes, National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison, NIH Office of Science Education, and National Human Genome Research Institute, sponsored the Patriots 2nd Annual Biomedical Competition.  Their goal was to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields. 

We had students from Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC participating in the competition, and 10 medical professionals to serve as judges.  We also had 10 future doctors from Georgetown University Medical Center to give our guests a pre-doctor check up.  Each team was required to present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show presentation, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the pre-selected medical careers.  

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

National Institutes of Health Co-Sponsors
National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Health
NIH Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute

On February 7th from 5:30pm-9pm, the Patriots Technology Training Center will host its 2nd annual Bio Medical Competition at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda MD  20894.  Their goal is to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields.  Please visit their website (www.patriots-ttc.org) to view the 2010 Bio-Medical Competition co-sponsored by The Library of Medicine.

Eight high school and one home school team will present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the medical careers listed below: 

Lego Robot Competition Tests Maryland Students

LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of students will test their problem-solving skills at a robotics competition this weekend at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel.

More than 300 students will use Lego building blocks in the competition Saturday that is one of 10 qualifying competitions being held statewide. Winners will face off Feb. 26 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County for the state championship and the national finals will be held in St. Louis this April.

This year's theme is designed to make the students think about combining engineering with biological and medical sciences. The students between the ages of 9 and 14 must build and program a sensor-equipped robot that will "fix" simulated broken body parts.

Maryland Considering Cuts to Education Funding

Maryland Considering Cuts to Education Funding

Prince George's County (AP)- Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering a 5 percent across-the-board cut in state aid for public education.

State Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster has proposed the cut, which the governor's office says would save more than $200 million. Maryland is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.

The possible 5 percent cut was revealed in a letter from Foster to Prince George's County Schools Superintendent William Hite, who has asked the state for an additional $139 million in funding. Foster notes that Prince George's receives more education funding than any other jurisdiction in Maryland.

O'Malley's spokesman says the possible cut is merely "an option presented to the governor" but that it speaks to the severity of the state's fiscal situation.