Science and Technology Research Institutes

Black Family Technology Awareness Association

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.bftaa.org

Mission Statement

To ensure technological inclusion by enabling our black families and other communities to be active in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) initiatives to increase knowledge, competitiveness and quality of everyday life. Serve as community ambassadors to increase awareness of and exposure to the potentials and opportunities for applied technology to benefit Black Families.

Main Programs

  1. Kansas City Youth Technology Fair
  2. BFTAA VEX Robotics Program
  3. Lego Robotics Club
  4. BFTAA Community Radio

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Service Areas

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Missouri

KS - Johnson County

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2005

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Mr. Lewis George Walker

Keywords

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STEM, Robotics, Digital Divide, Radio, BFTAA

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Also Known As

BFTAA

EIN

04-3826049

 Number

5657612998

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments 2015: On March 7th. The Black Family Technology Awareness Association (BFTAA) held the 11th annual Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fair for students in the greater Kansas City Area. The event included technology demonstrations and hands on exhibits from University of Central Missouri, Science City, KC Public Library, Dr. H2O, UMKC Physics Department, and many other local organizations. There was a VEX Robotics competition with teams from around region, a Computer Olympics competition, and Science fair for students.The BFTAA robotics program expanded to include Lego robotics for youth 9 to 12 yrs. Old. This allows us to have robotics clubs for youth from 9 to 18 yrs. Old in Lego and VEX Robotics. The VEX Robotics team competed in four tournaments including a trip to Joplin, MO. The robotics team also setup public demonstrations around the city including the KC Maker Fair, and Youth day at the Mary Kelly Center.In December BFTAA started broadcasting as Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom (KUAW) community radio. The internet radio will serve as a training platform for the new community low power FM radio station. The station will broadcast community news, educational programs, community service programs, and local talent. This is a partnership project with the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center.Worked with Linwood Corridor to coordinate events and share programs. BFTAA participated in Halloween candy give away, and worked with YMCA Launch Pad students that visited the KUAW radio studio that we operate.Goals for 2016:Expand our Youth Technology Club with the addition of computer coding and game production clubs.Complete the Low Power FM community radio station by installing antenna rower and broadcasting on 98.5 fm.Increase fundraising to support increases in programs and projects.We will form more partnerships in the community to introduce youth to technology and to have greater community input for the radio station.

Programs

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Program 1

Kansas City Youth Technology Fair

This is a competition for students of all interest, skill and ability levels in grades 1-12. Entrants must be residents of the Greater Kansas City area and enrolled full time in a public, charter, home or private school. Students of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to participate. The purpose of this competition is to encourage students to combine their imagination with the tools of technology (robotics, science, internet and personal computers) to create a vision of future technology.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

BFTAA VEX Robotics Program

The BFTAA VEX robotics program was initiated in Summer 2009. It is based on the VEX robotics competition and Autodesk robotics curriculum and is a partnership between BFTAA, Career Communications Inc. and VEX Robotics. Through the partnership, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational programs based on robotics will be delivered. The initial target areas are the urban cores throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area with gradual inclusion of at-large markets in Missouri and Kansas. The primary program objective is to develop and support a group of VEX robotics teams in order to host the first VEX Robotics Competition in Kansas City during the 2010 Black Family Technology Awareness Week campaign. The long-term goal is to integrate a VEX Robotics program into the BFTAA - Youth Technology (YouTech) club and STEM Pipeline Allianceā„¢.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Lego Robotics Club

The Lego Robotics program will work with youth 3rd through 6th grade. This will allow us to start getting kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at a younger age. Children will learn basic computer coding structure and logical thinking along with team work, and project planning. The students will compete and be part of the First Lego League.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 4

BFTAA Community Radio

To start a low power radio station that will be operated and maintained by community high school and college students as well as members of the community served.To provide training that will allow students and adults the ability to work in the broadcast industry. To provide alternative news and new community programming.To make the radio station self sustaining in five years.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

KS - Johnson County

Funding Needs

Funding for Youth Technology Club programs VEX robotics, rocketry, and Computer CodingVolunteers with Legal and or Financial back groundsScience Kits that relate to technology i.e. Robotics, Computers, & Rocketry. $2,500.00FM Radio equipment purchase and Installation cost estimate $20,000.00Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory board members

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Black Family Technology Awareness Association

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Principal Officer

Mr. Lewis George Walker

BIO

Lewis G. Walker is a graduate of DeVry University with a degree in Telecommunications Management. He had43yrs experience with SBC now AT&T 13 years as Sr. Network Manager. Mr. Walker has served on the board of directors of the W. E. B. Dubois Learning Center, and has served as Executive Vice President of the Community NETwork African American Telecommunications Professionals of AT&T. 2010 Mr. Walker was elected president Community NETwork AATPA, Kansas City Chapter and served in that position until retirement from AT&T. Mr. Walker has also served on the Community Advisory Board of the UMKC school of Computing and Engineering.

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BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Lewis George Walker

Retired

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2018

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