April 9th Raptor Events

Celebrating 50 Years Of Research Triangle Park

On April 20, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm events hosted by the RTP Rotary Club and sponsored by major Research Triangle businesses will be taking place around Research Triangle Park.

As part of its 50th-anniversary celebration, join the Research Triangle Park Rotary Club in bringing the RTP Community together to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) efforts worldwide.

Partnering with the NC Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle High School, the Kramden Institute, Sigma Xi, STEM in the Park, and others, the RTP Rotary will host multiple STEM/STEAM activities to help get local middle and high school students excited about science and technology opportunities. Other events will highlight innovative RTP companies, large and small, Changing the World. A concluding networking reception will honor past and present RTP leaders who have made major contributions to their respective fields.

Research Triangle High School   9 am – Noon
High school students visit with large RTP companies including Biogen, Cisco Systems, Genworth, GlaxoSmithKline, NetApp, and Underwriters Laboratories.

Lowe’s Grove Middle School   10 am – 2 pm
Middle schoolers learn about physics and science with hands-on learning experiences by Sigma Xi and Kramden Institute.

Public Guided Tours   Starting at 9 am
Syngenta, Toshiba, Red Hat, US EPA, Bayer CropScience, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Learn more about what happens in the Park.
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Innovation Showcase at The North Carolina Biotechnology Center   10 am – 1 pm
Visit an Innovation Showcase highlighting new technologies by the Top 10 Small Companies in RTP. Hamner Conference Center at the NC Biotechnology Center.
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Celebrating the Past, Present, and amazing Future of Research Triangle Park and the STEAM community it encompasses
North Carolina Biotechnology Center   1 pm – 5 pm
Held in the Hamner Conference Center Auditorium the program will include the following:

  • Presentations and Recognition*: Past and Present RTP Science Leaders and Small Innovative Companies “Changing the World” in Research Triangle Park
  • Future Vision of RTP by Scott Levitan, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation
  • Panel Discussion: The Future of STEAM
  • Networking Wine and Cheese Reception

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*Some of the people being recognized include:

  • Mansukh C. Wani, Ph.D., Principal Scientist Emeritus with RTI International, who discovered the widely used anti-cancer agents Camptothecin and Taxol.
  • Charles Hamner, DVM, Ph.D., former CEO of the NC Biotechnology Center and pharmaceutical and healthcare consultant.
  • F. Ivy Carroll, RTI Distinguished Fellow for Medicinal Chemistry, whose contributions to anticancer, anti-radiation and anti-malarial research are well-documented.
  • Fred Brooks, Ph.D., Kenan Professor and founder of the UNC Department of Computer Science, known for managing the development of IBM’s System/360 family of computers and OS/360 software.
  • Mary-Dell Chilton, known for her extensive contributions to plant biotechnology and the production of the first transgenic plants.

March 12th Raptor Events


New Club- Envirothon

NCF-Envirothon is an annual environmentally themed academic competition for high school aged students organized by the NCF-Envirothon a program of the National Conservation Foundation. The competition is held by the United States and Canada on a regional, state, and bi-national level. Envirothon combines in-class and hands-on environmental education in a competition setting which involves a problem-solving presentation as well as written field tests. The competition tests students on five core subjects- aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife- along with a fifth annually-changing subtopic which focuses on relevant environmental issues. Currently, roughly 500,000 students from forty-five U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces/territories participate in the competition.

The club meets every Wednesday during lunch in Ms. Manzers room. Contact either Ms. Manzer or Sandy Collins scollins3337@yahoo.com for details.

World Flex Day

Changing the World Flex Day – April 20th

This year RTHS is sending the entire Sophomore class to one of six RTP companies for a half day on-site experience of what our RTP neighbors do every day! The sophomores will be visiting one of these companies:

This program is in partnership with the RTP Rotary, The RTP, the NC Biotech Center and the NC Science Festival, to allow our young people to understand how RTP is “Changing the World” through the innovative work that is done here.

Even better, the students are going to be creating, in real time, a portfolio of “digital artifacts” about the company that they are visiting, through an app called Amirabilia. They will be interviewing employees, doing labs or activities or case studies, visiting multiple departments, and learning the key contributions of the company they visit – and collecting all that information into Amirabilia for students outside the Triangle to learn about RTP!

So, Parents and Students! Your job is threefold:

    1. Sign up to drive! We have 150 sophomores that have to get to six companies at 9 am on April 20, and back to RTHS at 12:45 pm. That means we need about 35 drivers! If you work in the Park, it is easy to do 8:45 am or 12:30 pm; you do not have to be a parent of a sophomore.
    2. Go through the company links above and talk with your student about what might be interesting about visiting that company. Make sure your student understands that visiting companies is their chance to discern more about what their future could hold; that Flex Days are a central part of the curriculum at RTHS; AND that this is their chance to create a story about the company they select and share it with students outside of the Triangle, with the Ameribilia app.
    3. Get your kiddo to sign up for a company they would like to visit.  Have them review the links above first.They can select their first, second and third choice from the list. Have them vote here for their choices.