First Technology Day A Success!
Rae’s Hope’s held its first Technology Day on January 27, 2018 at The Dallas Bethlehem Center. The objective of Technology Day was to increase the girl’s awareness of opportunities in technology by exposing them to how technology impacts their daily lives, how it can be a future career choice, and most importantly how fun it can be!
In attendance were 33 Rae’s Hope girls, 13 kids from the nearby neighborhood, 19 parents and 15 support volunteers. The girls and parents had an opportunity to see technology in action. The event featured nine laptop stations with more than 40 laptops, a Lego-building and Lego robotics station, and three drones for demonstration. Volunteers were available at each station to demonstrate what the technology being showcased at the station could be used to accomplish and help the participants acquire a greater understanding of how the technology works.
“In addition to our commitment to help our girls with the basics of math and reading, we are also dedicated to opening their eyes to today’s technology and preparing them for the future of technology,” said Executive Director of Rae’s Hope Angela Fields. “In this way, we believe Rae’s Hope can truly accomplish its motto of Building Communities One Child at a Time!”
The laptops enabled participants to experience and learn about different technologies. High schoolers received demonstrations on how software operates many of the social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. They even learned how to construct Twitter commands and how to send messages. Parents were also afforded the opportunity to get involved and learn how to use various Microsoft Office tools, as well as some budgeting software.
The younger girls constructed Lego structures, while middle school girls built and operated Lego Robots. With drones taking the world by storm over the last few years, Rae’s Hope was excited to have three on site to use for demonstration purposes. Everyone enjoyed seeing the drone flying around the gymnasium, and some even had the opportunity to fly a drone outside!
We could not have successfully accomplished our first Technology Day without the great assistance and support of many volunteers. We are grateful for the many volunteers who spent many hours preparing for and conducting the stations and training. They are the true Technology Experts!
Most importantly, Rae’s Hope would like to thank The Dallas Bethlehem Center for allowing us to utilize its facility for this event, as well as for our routine programs held on most Tuesday and Thursday evenings.