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Uncovering Urban Tech in NYC

Identifying and understanding the meaning of smart cities

  • from $90/student
  • Approx. 3-4 hours
  • Student Groups

Intro to City Infrastructure & Hardware

New York City is often referred to as the “City that never sleeps.” In practice, there’s much truth to that statement, as many of the systems and tools in place to maintain the metropolis are on constantly, with little to no break period. In a situation where upwards of 8 million people depend on these systems to function properly, there needs to be order and process to thrive in these environments. Fortunately, the city is blessed with incredible infrastructure and machinery that enable New Yorkers and visitors alike the ability to live, work and enjoy New York. The best way to comprehend the magnitude of this great feat though isn’t to watch online videos. Rather, you need to experience these modern marvels in action through our Uncovering Urban Tech Tours of NYC. This NYC Tech tour program for students brings you behind the scenes of local technology and manufacturing centers and districts to meet the people, places and machines responsible for “keeping the lights on.” Beyond the glitz and glamour some tech startups receive in the press (and featured on our NYC Startup Tours), it’s the tried and true processes that ultimately earn their keep in practical everyday application.

Our Uncovering Urban Tech programs include:

HARDWARE

Visit a local tech, metal and crafts workspace, home to entrepreneurs, hobbyists and educators. Here, you’ll see how everyday tech hardware is crafted by hand. This program may include an interactive workshop activity involving circuits or metal.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Discover how a former industrial district became an innovation center, learning about the systems and machinery required to operate daily operations. Students will leave an appreciation of how technology has shaped and will continue to shape the future of the city.

How does it work?

Our STEM Education tours are based the core belief that students need to experience the most meaningful life lessons rather than learn them through textbooks or online articles. We accomplish this in the following ways:

CUSTOMIZATION
We actively build each program to suit the need and interests of each group.
ENGAGEMENT
We start with a basic framework and apply different applications of science and industry through site visits, explorations, activities and workshops to develop a well-rounded perspective.
LEADERSHIP
Unique to our student tours is our leadership module, which is incorporated into each aspect of the program. We help energize your group by applying frameworks that allow each student to question and discover what aspects of technology are they most interested in. We then work together as a group to help apply the lessons learned at each location to develop a “mini-roadmap” towards their potential career interest. This module takes place before and after each session and during the group’s transit time between locations aboard your vehicle (chartered bus or van preferred).
APPLICATION
Our hands-on, hybrid learning perspective allows each student the opportunity to not only experience science but learn how to apply what they learn to their own lives.

STEAM & CITY
TOURS

Group Reservations

To reserve your private group tour today, complete the form below. We'll follow up with additional information, including availability and pricing.

Booking Request
STEM - Student Tour Request - Uncovering Urban Tech
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What you need to know

Approximate program time = 4 hours, HALF DAY SESSION. Approximately 3 hours of content & 1 hour of travel.

Programs are offered Monday through Thursday between 10am and 4pm based on availability throughout the year. Our busiest times are between April through June and October and we often sell out months in advance. We generally advise groups to contact us 3-4 months ahead of their desired tour date and provide a primary and alternate tour date.

Basic program price = $90/student based on minimum of 15 students

Group leader is complementary.  All additional chaperons = $50/person

Pricing varies according to group size and programming options.  Please inquire by submitting a request form above.

Upon receiving your request, we will provide a quote based on availability.  To secure your tour, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be required at time of booking, payable by credit or debit card or PayPal.

Maximum number of students accommodated on this tour is 30 with a minimum of 3 chaperons.

We require each student, teacher and chaperon sign a release waiver acknowledging the potential issues and danger related to visiting active workspaces and venues and participating in activities within these confines. Please contact us for more information regarding this requirement.

ALL PURCHASES ARE FINAL.  NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ARE PERMITTED.

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