Teaching Kids How to Hack Their Health

Read about this innovative approach to teaching students computer science while also helping them learn about their health.

Published September 14, 2015

Teaching Kids How to Hack Their Health

All too often people think computer science is boring and sedentary. The Academy's Education team set out to disprove that thinking by connecting computer science with physical activity. With generous funding from New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development the Academy recruited experienced and energetic scientists to lead a daylong workshop called "Hack Your Health."

Once campers were in the auditorium they learned about the Academy and how they would be manipulating the sensors they would be using to track their physical activity. Campers came from all over NYC and included these sites:

  • Bronx Works
  • Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
  • Henry Street Settlement
  • Sesame Flyers
  • Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

In the video above, Kristian Breton and Stephanie Wortel, two of the Academy's staff, talk about the purpose of the workshops and what the campers measured and computed while at the Academy. 

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