November 17, 2018

Discover New Fields and Interests in Technology


XTech is STEM event held on RPI’s campus that is geared towards high school students in the surrounding area. The point of XTech is to demonstrate the various intersections and varieties within the STEM field. In other words, going into a technology field does not just mean coding or staying in one niche field, it is learning about hardware, human-centered design, software development, its connection to art and media, etc. Clubs involved with this will hold various workshops on a certain aspect of the technology field for two hours, and students will choose which workshops they are most interested in attending. These workshops will focus on the purpose of the club, and be available to students of all skills levels.

Register for workshops here!




November 17, 2018


Grades 6-12

Available to students of all skill levels who desire to learn more about connections between the STEM field and outside subjects!


The Forge

Morning & Afternoon

Intro to CAD and Rapid-Prototyping

Explore CAD and laser cutting at the RPI Forge and make your own name tag.



Graphics and Turtle (Python)

Come learn about the graphics design process and programming design process at this workshop through unique graphics made in Turtle, a library in Python!

EHC (Embedded Hardware Club)

Morning & Afternoon

Intro to Soldering

Learn the basics of soldering and soldering safety by using test boards to make a blinking circuit.

ACM-W (Association of Computing and Machinery - Women's Chapter)

Morning & Afternoon

Data Science Exploration

In this workshop, students can learn about the practical applications of data science as well as get the opportunity to work with real data sets from our mentors. Come if you want to see what kind of information Facebook and Google have about you!

Design for America


Technology Meets Creativity

An interactive, hands-on workshop walking you through the entire design process from start to finish. Each team will work on a unique challenge united by the goals of sustainability, innovation, and making the lives of others easier.

SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) Rensselaer

Morning & Afternoon

Penny Barge

Join the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers in a short introduction to the iterative process behind engineering design, simulation, and prototyping--by making penny barges! Students will be able to design, simulate, and build rafts in a competition to build the most buoyant penny barge at RPI.

Gamma Nu Eta (IT Honor Society)

Morning & Afternoon

Websites and Web Science

Gamma Nu Eta is RPI’s Information Technology Honor Society, and we will be putting on a workshop that will teach you all about the internet. We’ll be going over the basics of how it works, how to create websites, and you’ll leave the workshop with your own personal website that can center any topic you choose.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Check-in
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Speaker & kick off
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morning workshop
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Q&A with RPI students
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Afternoon workshop


Does XTech cost money?

Not at all! We will take care of all meals and goodies. However, we won't be able to provide transportation to the event.

Can I sign up if I have no coding experience?

Absolutely! XTech is aimed towards students of ALL skill levels.

Will laptops be provided?

Yes, however, we highly encourage you to bring yours if you have one.

Do I need to have any software installed?

The software you will need depends on the workshops you sign up for. If you indicate you're bringing your own laptop, we will follow up with you to let you know the specific software to have installed.

Do I need to bring anything with me (pencil, pen, notebook, etc.)?

Nope, though you can bring this items to take notes if you wish.

How many workshops can I attend?

You can attend two. In order to get the full experience of what each club has to offer, you should attend a whole session.

Can I only attend one workshop (in the morning or in the afternoon)?

Yes, we’d love to have you attend XTech for the whole time, but if you have to leave, you can leave early or arrive later.

Can I leave my afternoon workshop early?

Yes, you can.

Will breakfast or lunch be provided?

This event is completely free, so lunch will be provided, but breakfast will not be provided. Lunch will take place from 12 - 1 during the RPI Student Q&A lunch.

Where is the event located?

The event is held in various rooms at RPI campus, but the central room is RPI DCC 308! It’s directly across the bridge, and you’ll see signs giving you more directions on the day of.

Where can I park?

Per information given to us at this time, you can park really anywhere on RPI campus that is not a designated spot. We recommend you park closer towards the bridge, as all of the activities will be near there.

When should I arrive?

You should arrive between 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Are there any workshop materials that may be a possible safety hazard?

It depends on the workshop, but we work with the clubs to make sure you know all of the safety procedures involved with the workshop, and we work to minimize all potential risks. It is our highest priority that you are completely safe during this event.

Does the RPI campus have handicap access?

Yes, all of the buildings holding XTech activities have handicap access.

Are parents and teachers welcome?

Of course! coding&&community is all about building ties with all community members, and we hope to meet with parents and teachers to talk about how we can continue to engage with the community.


Please reach out to us if you want to learn more or think that there is potential for collaboration.

[email protected]

Our Location

Since we are an Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Student Union Club, our address is the RPI campus:

110 8th St,
Troy, New York, 12180
United States

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