01/31/14

Technical.ly Brooklyn Puts a Spotlight On Diversity In Tech

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

Picture by @TechnicallyBK

Picture by @TechnicallyBK

On Tuesday Technical.ly Brooklyn, a news organization and community builder covering technology,  hosted the “DIVERSITY In/ Tech” event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center. After a warm welcome by Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams the event started with a panel discussion on the state of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. As these disciplines gain increasing importance in our current economy, so too does the necessity of STEM education in an effort to ensure future generations are equipped with the proper skills for the work force of tomorrow. But when does early specialization overburdens children and teenagers? All participators in the roundtable agreed that early education should be “well rounded”, and not pursuing the goal of breeding young adults with skills to serve corporations. Stephanie Cuskley of NPower also added that the perspective matters. Some people who come from a socially deprived background must make finding a job a primary driver of the educational path they choose.

Schools need to adapt technology further in their curriculum and open it to a wider range of students. Ben Esner, director at K-12 STEM Education, said that after the computer and internet have become part of our daily life in the past 50 years there are still no standards or requirements in NY State for computer science teachers in middle or high school.

Education will include more technology in the future, but there is a big need of qualified, educated role models who can reach out to the children.

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10/22/13

3D Printing: Is That Really A Thing?

By Andrés Uribe, Expedition PR

Look at the past 20 articles on TechCrunch, Wired, ZDNet, or any other tech/startup publication and you’ll probably see something about 3D printing. But walk over to your neighbor’s house and ask to use their 3D printer and prepare yourself for one of those ‘I-can’t-really-tell-if-he’s-kidding-or-if-he’s-gone-crazy-faces’. So for all this talk of 3D printing, where are all the 3D printers? Or at least where can I find something that has been created using a 3D printer? Here are 3 places to find a product of 3D printing technology that isn’t ad supported.

Blizzident Ever wish you could brush your teeth, tongue, and floss all at the same time? Well now there is a product just for this, and it’s 3D printed. In just 6 seconds Blizzident gives you the perfect oral clean that your mouth has been begging for.

In order to have one made, you must first go to your dentist and have a dental impression done. This dental impression is then sent to a lab where the Blizzident team will access it in order to create the 3D printed toothbrush that’s custom built to your mouth. Once you have your toothbrush, simply use your tongue to spread toothpaste on your teeth, then bite down on the brushes for about 6 seconds. The process looks something like this.

3D print sneakerFilaflex Sneakers – While you can’t exactly go out and buy these sneakers yet, it is possible to have them made for you through a company like Shapeways. The Filaflex sneakers shown in the above link are just one of an endless possibilities that can be created using Filaflex, an extremely durable and elastic material that can be used with 3D printers. This material, sold by Recreus in a variety of colors, fits most 3D printers and can be stretched up to 700% before breaking. The design for this shoe can be downloaded on the Recreus website. Check out this awesome video to see just what this stuff can do.

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