Partner Post: Change the World with STEAM and the RTP Rotary
In the morning, six major companies have offered hands-on educational tours to students from Research Triangle High School. Simultaneously, each eighth grader at Lowe’s Grove Middle School will learn about electronics while constructing an LED communication device to take home. The company tours are also open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the top small companies in the Triangle will exhibit advanced technologies that are changing the world. See these exhibits at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center Innovation Showcase.
The day wraps up with the public Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of RTP from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at NCBiotech. RTP Rotary will explore the past in honoring five outstanding men and women of science who have helped make RTP first among research parks worldwide.
Men and Women of Science in RTP to be Honored: Mansukh C. Wani and F. Ivy Carroll (RTI International) for drug discovery and medicinal chemistry, Mary-Dell Chilton (Syngenta) for plant biotechnology, Charles Hamner (Hamner Institute) for leadership in the life sciences, and Fred Brooks (IBM Corporation) for computer architecture and engineering.
Present RTP innovation will be recognized in the Rotary-selected Top Ten Small Companies Changing the World category. Then the Future of RTP will be addressed by the new President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, Scott Levitan. A panel discussion on the Future of STEAM will round out the program that will conclude with a networking wine and cheese reception until 5 p.m.
Celebrating its 50th Year, the Rotary Club of Research Triangle Park was founded by Governor Luther Hodges in 1968. The Club was among the first service clubs in the country to admit women to membership, and as recently as 2016, it was named Best in the Triangle with its emphasis on Youth, Entrepreneurship (Innovation), and Education.
Focusing on Youth, Entrepreneurship (Innovation), and STEAM Education, the club seeks to build community in the Triangle with the goal of “Changing the World” for good.