Honoring Native American Heritage Month at RIT | November 2020
Newsletter November 2020
Honoring Native American Heritage Month at RIT
It’s the start of Native American Heritage Month and RIT is hosting a variety of events from sampling Native American foods and a discussion on spirituality and Indigenous cultures to a fun-filled virtual bingo night. But a big focus of the celebration is on robotics, thanks to the month’s keynote speaker.
Danielle Boyer (Ojibwe youth), Every Kid Gets a Robot, shared her passion for making STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) accessible for all children during a virtual event November 9. She taught her first kindergarten science class at the age of 10. It’s no surprise that last year, at the age of 18, Boyer founded the STEAM Connection. The educational organization puts a priority on working with communities of color and Indigenous communities. Boyer lives in Michigan. Her work as an educator and as a mentor is known nationally. She is the recipient of the Brower Youth Award and one of PEOPLE magazine's Girls Changing the World 2020.
An audio recording of the keynote will be uploaded by Friday, November 13 here.
As part of RIT’s celebration, Boyer is also leading a robotics workshop. Here is a full look at all of the events, hosted by RIT’s Future Stewards Program this month.