For almost a year now Zero Day Camp’s directors have been working with New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton’s office to contribute to the launch of “The Campus” technology and wellness hub centered in the public housing and community schools of Brownsville, Brooklyn. We are excited about The Campus, which has brought together key community organizations and local youth technology and media non-profits to work towards creating a high tech training and development center in one of the poorest and often neglected corners of New York City.
We started off 2017 with our first direct services, mentoring the rookie FLL Robotics team at MS 284. The team of approximately 10 students was off to a great start already when we joined them, and we have focused our activities on teaching computer science and engineering fundamentals through mini LEGO Robotics challenges we’ve designed. We’ve also been able to create more hands on learning opportunities for the students; supplementing the school’s ev3 robot with 3 more from our stable of bots. We look forward to continuing our partnership with 284 when we begin a series of 3D printing and programming workshops for their upper elementary students.