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Mohawk Valley vies for high tech corridor status

The Mohawk Valley wants to be a high tech corridor.

There is a forum Tuesday at Fulton- Montgomery Community College.

New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk is hosting it.

Speakers will include the president of SUNY IT, the vice president for business from Albany's College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering and the president of the Fulton- Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The forum is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.           

Albany celebrates 44th annual Earth Day

Tuesday marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day -

Tuesday is Earth Day.

A bicycle ride will mark the 44th anniversary of the annual tribute to Mother Nature.

The bike ride will start in Albany at Tivoli Park at 11:45 a.m.

That's at the corner of Judson and Livingston Avenue.

There are also schools taking part in Earth Day celebrations.

Arbor Hill Elementary will launch an edible schoolyard garden and SUNY- Nanocollege's staff and students will seed and transplant vegetables at the Regional Food Bank's farm.

STEM Career Expo for teens set for May 7

Recruiters are always looking for new people interested in STEM jobs – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math.

A STEM career expo for 8th-10th graders is scheduled for May 7 in the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy – 126 Campbell Avenue.

The expo is scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m., with presentations on technology at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation on healthcare at 6:00 p.m.

More information on the career expo can be found here.

CNSE students to help plant garden for Earth Day

Helping the Earth one seed at a time.

More than 20 faculty and student volunteers from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will help prepare 14 acres at the Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville for planting on Tuesday.

The garden will be used to grow vegetables, which will then be given to The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

The planting is set to begin around 10 a.m.

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TVHS prepares for Design Expo

Tech Valley High School students are getting ready to show off some of their design skills.

The school’s fourth annual Design Expo takes place on Monday, May 5 from 1 p.m. To 3 p.m.

It will be held in the Cancer Research Center on UAlbany’s East Campus.

Some projects include solar energy collectors, electric circuits, computer designs, and engineering.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Troy students get 'out of this world' lesson from RPI grad

TROY - Rick Mastracchio is a 1987 RPI grad who is currently living on the International Space Station.

On Friday, he answered questions from students here on Earth.

After all of his training, one student wanted to know if there is anything surprising about life in space.

"The beauty of the Earth. It's amazing you spend your whole life trying to get off of the Earth," said Mastracchio. "The first thing you do is turn around and look back at the Earth and see how beautiful it was. You miss it almost instantly."

Mastracchio says he was also surprised by how much he enjoys floating in zero gravity.

He says he often eats his lunch while hanging upside down.

Students compete to bring elevator pitch to next level

Students at RPI are working to take their elevator pitches to the next level.

The fourth annual Elevator Pitch Competition takes place Thursday evening.

Eleven different proposals made it to the final round.

The technology proposals range from ways to improve veterinary medicine, to swim coaching or resume building.

Winning prizes range from $500 to $1,500.

More information about RPI’s Elevator Pitch Competition can be found here.