Coding Meets Cooking at “Sue’s Tech Kitchen”

Coding Meets Cooking at “Sue’s Tech Kitchen”


>>>A STRONG STEM EDUCATION IS IMPERATIVE FOR 21st CENTURY STUDENTS. NOT ALL YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY OR AN INTEREST IN THE FIELDS THAT MAKE UP STEM. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. SO ONE TECH ENTREPRENEUR HAS FOUND A FUN WAY TO COMBINE LEARNING WITH FOOD, AND SHE’S TAKING HER CREATION ON THE ROAD. HERE’S A LOOK AT FOOD TECH KITCHEN.>>A SPECIAL RESTAURANT HAS POPPED UP AT THE CORNELL TECH CAMPUS ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND. TEACHING KIDS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH THROUGH A UNIVERSALLY LOVED MEDIUM. SNACKS. THE UNIQUE SPACE IS THE BRAINCHILD OF RANDY ZUCKERBERG, CREATOR OF A KID’S TV SHOW, WHICH FEATURES A YOUNG TECH SAVVY GIRL WHO LOVES PROBLEM SOLVING.>>I HAVE A PASSION FOR CREATING GIRL CHARACTERS THAT HELP TO INSPIRE, AND I KEPT DREAMING UP THIS GIRL SUE WHO LOVES COOKING AND LOVES SCIENCE. SHE’S ALWAYS THINKING OF THESE ZANY WAYS TO COMBINE THE TWO. BLOWING UP STUFF IN HER KITCHEN AND INVENTING THINGS. SUE WOULDN’T HAVE A TV SHOW, SHE WOULD HAVE A RESTAURANT. SHE WOULD INVITE HER FRIENDS TO COME TO HER KITCHEN AND SEE HOW SHE’S 3D PRINTING CHOCOLATE. WE DECIDED, ALL RIGHT, WE’RE GOING TO OPEN HER RESTAURANT AND HERE WE ARE.>>ZUCKERBERG HASN’T PUT A FACE TO HER CHARACTER, SHE DOESN’T WANT TO DEFINE WHAT A TECH KITCHEN ENTREPRENEUR LOOKS LIKE. SHE IS ADAMANT THAT A FEMALE MARQUIS MAY BE WITH HER NAME.>>ANYTHING THAT’S FUNG AND INNOVATIVE HAS A BOY’S NAME. I WANT BOYS AND GIRLS TO HAVE AN AMAZING TIME IN THIS SPACE. I THINK IT DOES SOMETHING TO THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE GIRLS.>>SUE’S TECH KITCHEN IS HIGH-TECH. THERE ARE VIRTUAL REALITY AND 4D VIDEO STATIONS. KITS THAT TEACH KIDS ENGINEERING THROUGH MIND CRAFT. AND A WOODEN ROBOT THROUGH PRIMO THAT TEACHES TECHNOLOGY.>>KIDS CAN DO EDIBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AND 3D PRINT PANCAKES AND S’MORES.>>Reporter: SUE’S TECH KITCHEN WON’T BE A PERMANENT FIXTURE. THE RESTAURANT IS A POP-UP EXPERIENCE. MAKING ITS SECOND STOP ON A NATIONWIDE TOUR. ZUCKERBERG SEES A STRONG STEM EDUCATION AS KEY FOR THE JOB SEEKERS OF THE FUTURE. SHE FEARS THAT MILLIONS OF KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITHOUT ACCESS TO EYE SOLID STEM EDUCATION OR EVEN RELIABLE WIFI COULD BE LEFT BEHIND.>>I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT, HOW DO WE INTRODUCE MORE GIRLS, MORE CHILDREN IN RURAL AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. FOR TECH IN A WAY THAT FEELS APPROACHABLE AND FUN, BECAUSE IF YOU CAN’T FORCE KIDS TO GO TO TECH, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BRING IT TO THEM.>>ZUCKERBERG IS A PARENT HERSELF, SHE KNOWS WHAT TECHNOLOGY CHILDREN FIND COOL. SHE ALSO KNOWS WHY THE WORD TECHNOLOGY MAKES PARENTS CRINGE.>>PARENTS ARE DIVIDED ON THE ROLE OF TECH IN THEIR OWN HOUSEHOLD. THEY KNOW THEY NEED TO INTRODUCE TECH TO THEIR KIDS, THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME. ONE OF MY BIG VISIONS FOR THIS SPACE, I WANTED TO SHOW THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WAYS TO INTRODUCE CHILDREN TO TECHNOLOGY THAT NEVER ONCE INVOLVED THE SCREEN.>>ZUCKERBERG SAYS SUE’S TECH KITCHEN WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AND CHANGE AS IT TOURS THE COUNTRY. ALREADY MORE ACTIVITY STATIONS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED AND THE EVENING HOURS HAVE BEEN ADDED SO ADULTS CAN GET IN ON THE FUN.>>WE’VE HAD YOUNG ADULTS COME ON DATE NIGHTS AND THINGS. WE’D TALK TO THEM AND SAY, WHY ARE YOU HEAR? I REALLY WANT TO LEARN ABOUT TECH TOO, AND THIS SEEMS LIKE A REALLY APPROACHABLE FUN WAY TO LEARN ABOUT IT. YOU CAN COME HAVE A COCKTAIL, ENJOY THE SPACE. THIS IS DINING WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF MANHATTAN THAT YOU CAN GET, IT’S NOT EVEN A FANCY MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT?>>HOW MANY FANCY RESTAURANTS ENCOURAGE PATRONS TO PLAY WITH THEIR FOOD. SUE’S TECH KITCHEN IS OPEN IN NEW YORK, AFTER WHICH IT WILL SET UP SHOP IN 10 MORE CITIES OVER THE COURSE OF 2018.

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