I was fortunate enough to be a tech mentor for the first batch of NYCGenTech.
It's a program by the City to create the next generation of technologists and tech entrepreneurs. To be honest, my involvement with the program actually inspired the character of Pocholo in "An NYCDataWell story."
I can't help but imagine what a future NYCGenTech batch would do with an NYCDataWell, or something like it. Scratch that, what all NYC students can do by using the NYCDataWell to do all kinds of experiments, not just the fortunate batch of 30+ students that joined the pilot program.
- Next-gen Science Fair projects (would still like an occasional Science Fair volcano though :) )
- More kidpreneurs (now that lemonade stands and newspaper routes have gone the way of the analog phone)
- Increased Civic awareness and improved subject retention - using NYC Open Data for schoolwork, rather than some abstract textbook examples
- Students as City Researchers. With local schools, CUSP, and the City itself designing experiments and deploying them on the Launcher App for data-gathering.
NYCGenTech for ALL students!