We are excited to present a Kids Track at the RG this year! Our program will be on Saturday, August 13 from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Young Mensans and children of attending Mensans are welcome (a parent of a Young Mensan must also register for the day).
We will begin the day with some welcome activities and throughout the day we will have hands-on crafts such as (1) create your own spy gadget and (2) design and create a carnival game using every day materials. For those who like to solve puzzles and decode, we will have an ongoing Finders Seekers puzzle box to work collaboratively to solve.
We will be welcoming speakers on the topics of archaeology, cyber security, and traveling the world.
- Archaeology! Alexandra Jones, PhD is the Executive Director of Archaeology in the Community and a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She is an education leader focused on community outreach and service. Dr. Jones has been an educator for more than 16 years; she has taught in multiple educational environments from primary schools to museums. She obtained dual Bachelors of Arts degrees from Howard University in History and Anthropology in 2001. She obtained a Master’s degree in History from Howard University in 2003 and then attending University of California, Berkeley to obtain a Ph.D. in Historical Archaeology in 2010. Dr. Jones worked for PBS’s television show Time Team America as the Archaeology Field School Director, where she directed field schools for junior high and high school students at each of the sites for the 2013 season. She is currently Professor of Practice of Archaeology at Goucher College. Dr. Jones serves as the President-Elect for the Society of Black Archaeologists and she serves on the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board, the Board of Directors of the St. Croix Archaeological Society and is an Academic Trustee for the Archaeological Institute of America.
- Cyber Security! Brian R. Gattoni is Chief Technology Officer for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), where he is responsible for the technical vision and strategic alignment of CISA data and mission services to manage risk to federal networks and critical infrastructure. CISA works with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. Previously, Gattoni was the Chief of Mission Engineering and Technology, responsible for developing innovative analytic techniques and new approaches to technology insertion to increase the value of DHS cyber mission capabilities. In 2015, Gattoni was named DHS Systems Engineer of the Year. Gattoni holds a Master of Science in cyber systems and operations planning from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,o California, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
- Traveling the World! MWM Mensan and Teen SIG coordinator Dave Cahn will present “Around the world with Teens and Tweens”, a travelogue of a circumglobal trip with his kids to many of the most important world sites.