Kinet-X Spring '18 STEM Festival: Highlights

On April 15 at the Pine Street School, we presented our Spring ’18 STEM Festival - a day of workshops, talks, and a panel in a modern building in downtown Manhattan. 

Our STEM Festival is a chance for the Kinet-X community - families of past students, our partners, and friends from all over the city - to come together and celebrate in tech education. This spring, we invited over 100 students and parents.

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Welcome to the team, Elon Musk

To build the future, we’ll need a trained, passionate, and talented workforce, which we lack. There have been many well documented and intentioned efforts to fix this problem for a while, but little progress has been made. That’s why I’m throwing my hat into the ring to fix education and joining Kinet-X as lead investor. We’re thinking to first principles and fundamentally reimagining what a quality education should do.

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Mentor Profile: Meet Adam, our CS Director

Hey there all! This is the first entry of our Mentor Profile series, and we'll start it off with a bang by introducing you all to Adam, our CS Director. He's a wrestler, famed student announcer, and was recently admitted to Caltech's Class of 2022 (though he's still waiting on other schools). Take a few minutes to get acquainted with Adam and feel free to send him an email at adam@kinet-x.org!

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Powering your future

Two years ago, Adam, Chauncey, and I opened up Kinet-X to our first students. They were looking for a place to learn how to code for a few weeks, but ended up with something more than just a summer spent in a slightly messy room in Queens. Sure they learned to code, but they also soldered for the first time, designed plans for waterproof notebooks, visited Google NYC, and raced solar-powered cars. They were in a random neighborhood in Queens, and they’d been introduced into this crazy and amazing world of STEM. So what started as a way for a few friends to train new members for Stuy’s robotics teams transformed into something more meaningful than we’d ever imagined.

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2017 in Review...and a Look Forward to 2018!

Hey all,

Happy new year! Hope you all had a restful, wonderful time with friends and family during the holidays. We certainly did here at Kinet-X - we spent ours reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to what promises to be a huge year for us in 2018. We didn’t know reviewing old curriculum plans and testing pneumatic potato guns could be so fun (okay, that’s a lie).

Anyhow, in this blog post, we’ll look at Kinet-X’s 2017 in review, and offer a sneak peek into our plans for 2018. But before I get into that, some important news.

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Limited-Time Only: Kinet-X's First-Ever Referral Offer

Apply to Kinet-X and invite a friend or peer to do the same! Friends motivate you, give you support, and make learning that much more fun - and that’s the kind of experience we’re building here at Kinet-X. When you simply apply and refer a sibling or friend, both you and your friend will receive a 10% discount.

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Win a Kinet-X t-shirt, workshop, and more goodies in 3 easy steps.

Allan here. How’s your summer going? Good? Well, school’s right around the corner, and homework, tests and teachers are a lot closer than they were in July sadly (we feel your pain). But, we're here to help you take your mind off that for a bit and give you some free stuff. In three easy steps you can win a package of a Kinet-X t shirt (as pictured below), stickers, and workshop for your school.

 

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On Net Neutrality and Protecting our Future Innovators

Today, any young innovator can use the internet to focus on developing their skills and making an impact on the world. It’s an integral part of our mission here at Kinet-X. But if Internet Service Providers and Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai get their way and torpedo net neutrality, all of us - entrepreneurs, innovators, and consumers - will be forced to comply to whatever large cable conglomerates want.

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Kinet-X Stories: Jesse Hall Summer '16

I remember the first day of Kinet-X like it was yesterday. I took the A train, and coincidentally met Matthew, a fellow Kinet-X student. We’d actually gotten lost in the subway station together! It took us a little while to get out, but we got to the space soon enough. Adam and Chauncey, our instructors, greeted us with smiles on their faces and were positively brimming with excitement. Once everybody got settled down, the first activity was a problem-solving design challenge: “How can we create waterproof notebooks?”

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STEM for teens, by teens.

Three of us, all high schoolers with experience in STEM, were discussing what got us into the STEM fields. Robotics team, family member, a friend. We were all fortunate enough to have an opportunity. But what about students who don’t? Students growing up in poor neighborhoods and going to underfunded schools? Other students who had never once dreamed of becoming a scientist or engineer because it’s not the “right” thing to do for their gender? There are programs and extracurriculars for these students to turn to, but they all have a single — or multiple barriers that prevent these students from truly discovering STEM. Price. Outdated teaching methods. Subpar content. As we realized that, we took it upon ourselves to create a program that would change all of that.

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