The GovLab Academy, a part of New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, seeks $35,000 in donations from sponsors to help run a two-week open data summer program for Washington, D.C.-area teenagers.
The camp’s goal is to help students learn more about data, the tools of data science and the ways they might be leveraged to improve innovation and security in the nation’s food supply. The camp will also provide an opportunity for USDA employees to support the goal of strengthening STEM education in this country by piloting an initiative that can be scaled and replicated across agencies and across levels of government.
The program will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 6-July 31, with the age groups of 12-14 and 15-17 running concurrently: July 6-17 and July 20-31. Each session will have room for 15 campers. The Patriots Technology Training Center will provide several faculty members/coaches to offer support and guidance for the students. Each session will
include visits to other organizations in the D.C. area, talks and presentations by a variety of subject matter experts, and access to support from USDA data specialists.
Donations will cover the costs of busing the students to and from school, as well as the other organizations they visit, feeding them, and providing the laptops and other supplies needed on site. It will also cover the efforts of the team to create curricular designs and materials, including the interactive learning games, tools, and quizzes, that can be repurposed and reused elsewhere.
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