The David Packard Center is devoted to helping New York City public school students engage with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through a variety of unique and exciting programs, including science competitions and expositions.
We have partnership arrangements with many organizations, which have created programs that engage middle and high school students in science research and hands-on activities. Below is a snapshot of some of our most successful programs.
The Central Brooklyn Robotics Initiative empowers New York City students to engage their imagination and creativity by exploring the science of robotics. This program sends NYU-Poly students to several middle schools and high schools to challenge young people to design, build, and operate robotic devices, and to teach the science of mechatronics. Students are exposed to modern technological applications and engage in exciting hands-on learning activities.
First Place, Fa'a Filemu, Islip Middle School Left to Right: Rosie Turner, Katie Barry, Bryan Ramirez; Julia Johnson (Teacher); Phyllis White-Thorne (Con Ed); Iraj M. Kalkhoran (Associate Provost, NYU-Poly); Karen C. Armfield (NYC Metro Regional Coordinator)
New York City FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
NYU-Poly is an Affiliate Partner with US FIRST in conducting the FIRST Tech Challenge, a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST Robotics Competition but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering.
Prior to this two-day event, high school students from New York City and elsewhere spend several months developing robots, which perform tasks in an arena-type setting. The pit area is a particularly exciting place that demonstrates the students’ use of applied science as they fine-tune their robots for the next round of competition. In partnership with: US FIRST