Liftoff with BLAST Series

Article Contributor: Paul Jackson, Ph.D

Friday, March 17, 2017 marked the inaugural Google Hangout conducted as a collaboration between the new state-of-the-art Col. John C. Robinson American Center at the National Archives and Library Agency (NALA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Pan African Technical Association (PATA), a community-based organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California and the Multimedia Resources and Training Institute (MMRTI), a technology-based nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington. Google Hangouts was chosen as an ideal collaboration platform due to its robust and flexible features of meeting face-to-face, virtually! Read more

STEAM, not just STEM Education

STEAM education - science, technology, engineering, arts and math

Infographic Courtesy of and E-Learning Infographics

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are the center of attention in most US public schools today. The focus on STEM fields was initiated to increase global competitiveness and the project does have its merits. However, it has left the arts languishing far off in the periphery. This is quite unfortunate, as art education is known to improve academic performance. The STEAM, not just STEM Education Infographic presents interesting facts and stats pointing out the significance of arts education.

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Fall 2015 Schedule for PATA Science and Technology Academy

This is a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM) program that is dedicated to extending, enhancing and increasing the participation of underrepresented students’ (K-12) in these areas of their education to introduce and/or encourage their creative and technical skills and by exposing them to potential STEM careers.

Student Outcomes

  • Increase meaningful student engagement in STEM learning opportunities.
  • Increase student interest in additional STEM learning opportunities and careers.
  • Increase student knowledge and application (i.e., behavior change) of STEM content and processes 
in PATA and communities.

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Collaborations formed during Science and Technology Classes

With the assistance of our partners, Edison International, the Joan and Chris Robinson-Berry Foundation, the Tracy Family Charitable Fund and a host of volunteers our science and technology activities impacted numerous youth in the greater Los Angeles area over the past year.

With the assistance of our partners, Edison International, the Joan and Chris Robinson-Berry Foundation, the Tracy Family Charitable Fund and a host of volunteers our science and technology activities impacted numerous youth in the greater Los Angeles area over the past year.

With the assistance of our collaborators, the students were able to participate in a number of wonderful and eye opening field trips. Thanks to Tom Mueller, Nikki Austin and John Baskett, the students were able to tour Space X.  They were able to see partially assembled rockets and rocket motors.
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PATA is New Edison International Grant Recipient

The Science and Technology Education and Awareness non-profit organization, the Pan African Technical Association (PATA), is very fortunate to be a recipient of funding from Southern California Edison and the Edison International Grant Program.  PATA would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Philanthropy & Community Investment Department, the employees of Southern California Edison and the shareholders of Edison International.

PATA utilizes the funding to present a Saturday Science and Technology Academy in South Los Angeles for students ages 11 to 18. Attendees of the program reside in the greater Southern California area and travel from cities such as Compton and Long Beach to participate in our activities, which include Science and Technology discussions, visits to places of interest such as the California Science Center, and classroom hands-on demonstrations.

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Student Engineering Program – Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2013 Student Engineer Program (SEP).

The goal of SEP is to provide college engineering students an experiential job training opportunity, including career mentoring, theoretical and technical instruction, and complete project-related infrastructure work tasks. Student Engineers will be paired with LADWP engineers and work in technical teams within Water, Power and Joint systems of the organization.

The SEP eligibility requirements and employment application are available at

The deadline to submit a COMPLETED application is FRIDAY, March 8, 2013

Operation Book Bird A Success!

Operation Book Bird in Seattle collected many books and donations thanks to your participation. We were able to deliver over 1000 books in Seattle ready to board an airplane leaving on 11/19/10 for Ethiopia.

A HUGE Thank You for a Successful Book Drive

Operation Book BirOperation Book Bird (OBB) is an organization that strives to help prepare the rising group of Ethiopia’s leaders attending universities by providing them with educational materials and resources. By increasing access to information, OBB hopes to increase Ethiopian students’ ability to perform at levels of their global counterparts. OBB in collaboration with the National Society of Black Engineers Alumni Extension Seattle Chapter (NSBE-AES:, Pan African Technical Association (PATA: and Aerospace Engineering Professionals has launched its first pilot project. This project will provide Wolita Sodo University’s Engineering Library with an expanded number and variety of:

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PATA Director/Engineering Manager Engages in Mission to Kpone, Ghana West Africa

In March 2007 “Yaw” Frederick L. Davis, a founding director of the Pan African Technical Association traveled to Ghana West Africa, on a humanitarian mission.

Yaw and those whom accompanied him on the mission initiated construction/renovation to the Oly Dade compound in Kpone, Ghana. The West African Country of Ghana is located on the Atlantic Coast of Africa. Ghana is located just above the equator at latitude of 5 degrees and has a population of 20,000,000 people.

The Oly Dade compound is being converted into the Mary Mason and Joe C. Davis Multipurpose Center and Village Retreat to improve literacy by providing Educational and Training tools and facilities for the children and people of the village of Kpone Ghana.

The Center is in the honor of the late Mary Mason and Joe C. Davis (Yaw’s father), whom dedicated their efforts and money to provide education and life improvement opportunities for the community of Kpone.

The average annual income per person is $276. With such a low income per person it is almost impossible for the average citizen of Ghana to invest in educational tools such as computers. There is a great need to fund projects such as the Mary Mason and Joe C. Davis Multipurpose Center.

Additionally to breaking ground on the construction, Yaw and his associates delivered school supplies, some of which were contributed by KRST Unity Center of African Spiritual Science in Los Angeles and by members of the Los Angeles community.

Please join PATA for a tour of Ghana in Celebration of its 50th Anniversary of Independence

Please join us in our tour of Ghana in Celebration of Ghana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.


  • Dr. Julius Garvey, the youngest son of The Honorable Marcus Garvey
  • Bro. Yaw As we travel to Ghana for the celebration.

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