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.
The event kicked off with a short presentation from our co-founders Adam Abbas and Allan Wang. Adam talked us through what made Kinet-X special, and highlighted our different programs. Allan then unveiled a small piece of Kinet-X history by telling Kinet-X's founding story (spoiler - there was a lot of confusion and ice cream).
We then began our panel on tech, education, and careers. Big thanks to our panelists Sheela Varadheen (Cloud @ Microsoft), Geoffrey Gaurano (Personalization @ AltSchool), and Adam himself. Sheila, Geoffrey, and Adam (Allan later took Adam’s spot) shared insights on the world of tech and education, and ways we could best prepare for them, then answered questions from the audience.
Our program of workshops finally began. Students had a wealth of different tech experiences to choose from, ranging from cryptography with Python to designing robots with Arduino to circuitry and soldering. CS Mentor Md Abedin said, “I wish I could’ve learned coding in a workshop like the ones I’ve taught today, so being able to teach other kids at Kinet-X has been an amazing experience."
We're happy to say that all the workshops were a hit! Big kudos to our mentors for their wonderful work in designing and running some fantastic experiences. Tandum, a parent, said, I was impressed by the teaching techniques you guys used. You're young, and really good teachers! You've figured out how to handle tweens. Teaching requires a broad skill set and some art as well. This is not a small feat! The children were soooo interested and psyched to be there."
After a series of workshops (students got to attend 3 workshops each), pizza, chips, we gave out stickers and waved goodbye to everybody. We’re grateful for every single of you who attended our STEM Festival. You guys are what our mission is about.
Our festival is an encapsulation of everything our mission embodies. We hope to see you in the future!