Last week CenterState CEO's Tech Garden welcomed more than fifteen ninth graders from PSLA (Public Service Leadership Academy) at Fowler. The students are in the P-TECH program (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) focusing on computer information systems and remotely piloted aircraft systems.
During the visit, students got to meet local entrepreneurs and explore the startup scene happening in Central New York at The Tech Garden. They were encouraged to think of ideas so that one day they could have a startup of their own and begin at The Tech Garden.
They met with software development company Imajion and experienced augmented reality first-hand through Microsoft's Hololens. Charles Preuss, founder and CEO of Imajion let the students all try on the Hololens and talked about the future of artificial intelligence and the importance of computer information systems.
Imajion is revolutionizing communications by harnessing the power of mixed reality to drive efficiency, savings, and real business results. Construction is where they are beginning.
GENIUS NY teams then spent time with the students discussing the numerous uses of drones and what their companies do.
Dropcopter discussed the importance of pollination via drones due to the decline in bee populations. Students were familiar with Dropcopter already as it did the first-ever pollination of apples in the world at the local orchard, Beak and Skiff.
The GENIUS NY teams and students then did a 20-minute speed networking session to learn the importance of simple things like a firm handshake, making eye contact and being able to make conversation.
The tour ended with a few photos outside taken from a drone; also known as a 'dronie'. A surprise delivery of drones was then sent to all the students that participated in the visit.
The Tech Garden and GENIUS NY were happy to host PSLA at Fowler and encourage students to get involved in STEM activities.