York College to host science and career expo for grades 5-11 this weekend

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York College, located on Guy R Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, will host the Lewis Latimer Science and Career Expo this weekend.

The expo, slated for Saturday, March 23, will expose kids in grades 5-11 to an array of science and career opportunities. Students can expect a day filled with immersive experiences, including panel discussions, interactive workshops and community resources. The event will run from 9 a.m- 3 p.m.

The expo is organized by BlaQue Community Cares, a branch of the BlaQue Resource Network, a community group that aims to provide resources and connect Black residents in neighborhoods across Queens.

Some of the featured workshops include a virtual reality experience with Gamestation, and a hands-on exhibit on scalp care with LD Organic Hair.  In addition, students will get a chance to check out AI technology, explore microscopes, and learn about career opportunities in the STEM field.

Aleeia Abraham, founder of the BlaQue Resource Network, hopes the expo will foster creativity within the minds of the student attendees. “It’s a transformative effort to nurture talent, ignite passion, and foster vital connections between our youth, community orgs, and businesses. It’s an intentional effort towards advancement for all involved.”

The event’s namesake was a pioneering Black American inventor who made his mark in the 1880’s. Latimer is known for inventions such as the evaporative air conditioner, as well as his contributions to advancing lightbulb technology.