Summer STEM Camp 2013

What has Seidenberg HQ been up to lately?

We have been busy with STEM! A distinguished group of 20 talented New York high school students have been invited to participate in a 3 week long STEM camp experience. Much like what we did with this year’s Summer Scholars Experience, this educational camp aims to raise awareness about the importance of STEM in addition to exposing the students to the many opportunities that STEM has to offer. As the camp kicked off, our bright participants were placed in teams of 4 and asked to come up with a concept for a STEM related mobile app and website.

 A Day in the Life of a STEM Camp Participant

Each day the camp is filled with excitement and adventure. Students not only learn about coding and Photoshop but they are exposed to a wealth of knowledge from experienced guest speakers and dedicated mentors, including Pavel Kibrik, who talked about the importance of sleep, and Pace professor Samuel Baruch, who discussed his experiences at Columbia where he earned his degree in Math. Our bright campers also get a cultural thrill when visiting different top tech companies, startups, and tourist attractions around NYC. So far, our campers have attended the UNIFCEF CUNY design challenge where they had the chance to learn how students are using STEM to improve the quality of life of the less fortunate. Our campers also visited the NY Hall of Science and the Highline Park. Our bright STEM participants visited Codeacademy, Eye Beam, and Alley Tech NYC to see how awesome it is to work at startups.

 What’s in Store?

With one more week to go, the campers have to finish their STEM mobile apps and their accompanying websites. Each group will then present their work to an esteemed panel of judges. We are excited to see the success of our talented STEM campers!

#SSSE2013: If You’re Wondering When It Will Be the Right Time to Start Programming…

…that time is now. The youngsters are catching up to the Zuckerbergs and Gates’ of their elder generations and they will leave stragglers in their dust. This week, Seidenberg hosted a camp for high-acheiving students who are interested in programming. The goal of the program was to assist these high schoolers in creating their own computing projects from scratch and giving them a chance to work as a team to present their completed project, in this case a mobile app, to a panel of experts and professors in hopes to prepare them for a time when they will professionally create apps on their own. The genre of this year’s mobile apps was our favorite subject, STEM. Each group (4-5 students and 2 mentors) was required to program an app that would aid other individuals of whatever age group they chose to learn about STEM related topics. These included games, questionnaires, flash-card based apps, and new ways to allow people to actively participate in learning about STEM.


The Summer Scholars were kept busy in hackathon sessions, led by our friends Andrew Clutterbuck and Peter Tapio from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, and a few of our top professors, including Dr. Richard Kline and Dr. Christelle Scharff.  Dr. Kline is, as we know, heavily invested in robotics yet also an expert in teaching usability. On top of this, Dr. Scharff added her knowledge of mobile programming to the lectures provided for the scholars. However, the scholars were also given the chance to explore the ins and outs of NYC. They came from all over the USA and many had not seen the city before in their lives. The scholars visited the usual spots: the American Museum of Natural History, Times Square, Seaport, Central Park, and China Town. Along with the tourist hits, students also got exclusive visits to startup companies and larger corporations; these included Codecademy, StreetEasy, AppFigures, Microsoft, and the crowd favorite: Google. The students were able to ask questions about programming and the computing field as it’s been growing and what it will become when this new generation of programmers hits the ground running. Each company was welcoming and informational; the students left each place with a burst of inspiration that they  were able to incorporate into their projects.

The final presentations were exceptional; the students proved that they had an excellent foundation for an app as well as a foundation in computing for any other apps they may come up with in their future. Leaving the camp after only a week was a bitter end, but well worth it. Students reached out to each other on their own social media, intending to keep in touch long after the camp has passed. Other comments from the students after the session ended included, “Who’s gonna have Post Trip Depression?” from Californian scholar, Ruiqi Mao, and a from a few others, confirmation that Pace is their choice school (whoop whoop!) after going through this program.

From Pace’s Opportunitas: Quadcopters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pace’s Opportunitas page recently featured Seidenberg grad Keith McPherson, class of ’13, and Seidenberg Professor Rick Kline, PhD, who set out to build their own quadcopter drone. Through their experience building the hardware and software of the drone, they discovered plausible uses for drones, including commercial and journalistic purposes (though many types of commercial use are still illegal in the States).

Follow the link to read the article featured on Pace’s Opportunitas page:

http://opportunitas.blogs.pace.edu/2013/05/cleared-for-landing/

Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl 13′, 14′ featured in Pace Pulse

When you ask students why they chose Pace, you’ll hear a lot of great answers: from the location to the internships to the small classroom experience. But for Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14 what drew him to Pace was a matter of national security: the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Information Assurance Program, a program that only select universities designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence have access to. Pace is one of them.

When you ask students why they chose Pace, you’ll hear a lot of great answers: from the location to the internships to the small classroom experience. But for Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14 what drew him to Pace was a matter of national security: the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Information Assurance Program, a program that only select universities designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence have access to. Pace is one of them.

“When I was a high school student and touring the Pleasantville Campus, the Seidenberg academic adviser told me about the program and Pace’s affiliation with the DoD. I came to Pace because of the program and the scholarships it offers,” Kandl says.

Read more from the Pace Pulse

Seidenberg Students Win At AT&T Mobile App Social Good Hackathon

21 teams competed in the 36-hour app development competition and two of the teams that won were Seidenberg students.

21 teams competed in the 36-hour app development competition and two of the teams that won were Seidenberg students. This special edition of AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, produced by the AT&T Developer Program in coordination with the Social Good Summit, focused on building the next great mobile app for Social Good. It was held at Kaufmann Concert Hall during the weekend of September 22- 23.

Michael Cornell and his team, placed 1st for his app “Poll It Together,” which is a cross platform app using technology to leverage the android only s-pen SDK over a jquery app. The app is a similar to 4 Square but in addition to checking in you can instantly vote at location relevant polls.

Stiliyan Lazarov, who was “inspired and humbled by the creativity, energy, flow and all the wonderful concepts that came to life” and Miguel Toimil placed 3rd with their game “Droid Wars.”

More information on the hackathon can be found at :http://mashable.com/sgs/

The Counselor Is In!

Starting today the Seidenberg school has our very own Career Counselor. Here is a note from our newest member of the Seidenberg Community.

Happy summer, Seidenbergers!

My name is Ani Lucia, and I am Seidenberg’s shiny new career-counselor-in-residence. I’ll be hanging out with you guys in 163 William a couple times a week to help you with all your career needs – from internship opportunities, resumes, and interview practice, to “Who am I and what the <bleep> do I do with my life?!”

If you haven’t found a summer internship yet, there still are a ton of opportunities available. Shoot me an e-mail (alucia@pace.edu) telling me what type of internship you’re looking for, and I can help connect you with employers.

Starting in the fall, I’ll be giving workshops from time to time that are tailor made to you guys’ and gals’ career interests and needs, so if you have any ideas or topics that you’d like covered, let me know.

Your trusty staff and I are in the process of planning an awesome Welcome Week event, so keep an eye out later in the summer for more news about that!

If you have any questions, need help with anything, or just want to say hi, e-mail me or stop by 163 William between 2pm and 5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you guys!

 

Andrea “Ani” Lucia, M.S.|Career Counselor|Pace University Career Services|alucia@pace.edu|(212)346-1950