Randi Zuckerberg’s pop-up kitchen serves up tech for teenagers

3D printed pancakes, liquid nitrogen cereal and electrical Play-Doh.

These are a number of the actions at Sue’s Tech Kitchen, a STEM-inspired pop-up exhibit run by Randi Zuckerberg. The idea hopes to get children enthusiastic about science and tech.

Zuckerberg, who’s the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, has created 25 experiences contained in the house.

The touring exhibit kicked off in Chattanooga, Tennessee earlier this 12 months and lately opened its second location at Cornell Tech’s campus in New York Metropolis. Will probably be open by January 1.

Children can discover ways to code utilizing robots, print 3D variations of s’mores and pancakes, eat treats made with liquid nitrogen, and make digital dough buzz and light-weight up. The exhibit additionally gives VR experiences by the NBA, permitting children to see 360-degree basketball video games and behind the scenes footage of groups and gamers. There’s additionally a bodily “driverless automobile” idea that may be navigated by a maze of obstacles on an enormous recreation board.

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3D-printed s’mores

“We now have a ton of stations that introduce kids and households to tech — a variety of them with out display screen time,” Zuckerberg instructed CNN Tech’s Laurie Segall.

The idea for Sue’s Tech Kitchen began as a cookbook, however Zuckerberg wished to create a hands-on expertise to make tech extra approachable for households.

“I feel a variety of mother and father on the market are actually overwhelmed by tech,” she stated. “I actually hope individuals come into Sue’s Tech Kitchen and see that there are millions of methods to introduce your loved ones to tech that do not contain screens.”

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One expertise teaches kids about electrical capacitance utilizing apples.

That is the most recent effort from Zuckerberg to get younger women concerned with STEM, impressed by the frustration she felt as “the one girl within the room” whereas working in Silicon Valley.

“I’ve additionally executed a variety of analysis that reveals that it is actually round third and fourth grade that we begin to lose women in tech,” she stated.

“[With] all the pieces that I do, I’ve behind my thoughts that third and fourth grade lady. What can I do for her that is going to only spark that delight round tech and science?”

Sooner or later, Zuckerberg want to create everlasting areas for the idea, comparable to a sit-down restaurant. Her imaginative and prescient: households might sit at linked tables and order 3D-printed meals.

Sue’s Tech Kitchen will come to 10 cities across the U.S. in 2018. Admission is $5 per individual.

CNN Tech’s Laurie Segall contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (New York) First revealed December 6, 2017: eight:27 AM ET

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