STEM Saturday

STEM logo2019 Wake Forest STEM Saturday
Saturday, April 13 ~ 10 am-2 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Technology Advisory Board is inviting area middle and high school students and their parents to Wake Forest STEM Saturday 2019 on Saturday, April 13. Presented by the Wireless Research Center, this free family networking fair is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM Saturday will expose students to a variety of STEM career options, while featuring STEM-related exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on learning activities. Parents can attend a panel discussion with some of our area's top experts and STEM-related career professionals. Discussion topics are expected to include the importance of supporting children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the importance of attracting girls to fun and fascinating careers in STEM fields.

The event will also feature several interactive booths where representatives from a variety of local businesses, schools and organizations will interact with parents and students, share professional insights and experiences, and offer an array of interesting demonstrations.

Throughout STEM Saturday, youth can experience the wonders of STEM hands-on, encouraging them to one day pursue a degree or occupation in one of the related fields.

No registration required. Walk-ins welcome.

Schedule - Grand Hall

9:45 am

Doors open

10-10:05 am


10:05-10:35 am 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Laura Bottomley - "Girls in STEM: Hidden No More"

10:35 am-2 pm

Show & Tell Tables

11-11:30 am

AT&T Speaker Neil Delacruz - "A Brief Introduction to the Cybersecurity Industry"

11:30-11:45 am

Morning Prize Drawing

11:30 am-1 pm

Break/Network with Vendors

1-1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker Dr. Laura Bottomley - "Engineering All Around You"

1:45-2 pm

Closing & Prize Drawing

Arts Annex Room A

11:45 am–12:15 pm

NCDOJ Speaker Hugh Harris - " Internet Safety"

1:15-1:45 pm

NCDOJ Speaker Hugh Harris - " Internet Safety"

Arts Annex Room B

Noon-12:30 pm & 12:30-1 pm

IBM - Cyber Security Game

Annex Room C

10:45-11:15 am & 12:45-1:15 pm

Code Ninjas - Careers for Coders

About Our Speakers

Dr. Laura Bottomley 

From NC State University in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Laura Bottomley is an electrical engineer. In 2016. she was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for increasing student interest in STEM education. In 2007, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Bottomley is also a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education. In 2016, she appeared in a Super Bowl commercial entitled "Doing Good with STEM."

Neil Delacruz

Neil is a senior consultant for AT&T Cybersecurity and has been defending networks from cyber-attacks since 1996. He is experienced in providing quality security consultancy services with a sharp focus on security philosophy and best-practices and has led transformational changes in the security programs for which he has worked. Since joining AT&T in 2006, Neil has been a sought-after subject matter expert on the business of cyber security. He has been invited to speak at seminars and participate in discussion panels worldwide. His technical whitepapers and documents provided significant contributions to AT&T’s global security sales and training efforts. Neil works with small enterprises to large multi-national customers and devotes much of his time to the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions.

Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris is an Outreach & Policy Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Justice-Public Protection Section. He is involved in policy matters for the Department of Justice concerning hate crimes, human trafficking, immigration, and substance abuse.  In addition, he has lectured at CLE events, CPE events, and other events on topics concerning cybersecurity, identity theft, consumer protection, elder fraud, and internet safety. His work at the NC Department of Justice has included litigating cases on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office in the area of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice law. He started his career as an Assistant Public Defender in Asheville and later joined the NC Department of Justice-Workers Compensation Division. He earned his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.


Thank you to the 2019 STEM Saturday event sponsors Wireless Research Center, Ting Internet, Code Ninjas , Thomas Walters Allstate Insurance Agency, Wake Electric,  Linchpin SEO and Verodin

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