Brooklyn Tech students learn from the pros
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 30, 2013 | 605 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Buehl, director of engineering at MarkBot, speaking with Brooklyn Tech students.
Bill Buehl, director of engineering at MarkBot, speaking with Brooklyn Tech students.
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Students at Brooklyn Technical High School are getting some real-world knowledge thanks to the 2nd Annual “New Directions Lecture Series.”

“The series brings leaders in from colleges and universities that are on the cutting edge of their respective areas,” said Elizabeth Scibarra, executive director of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, who is sponsoring the series.

Presenters will discuss ways in which STEM fields are growing in Brooklyn and around the world. It runs through March.

For instance, an upcoming speaker will share a plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate a historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side.

“Very often a speaker may come in and ask engaging questions,” said Scibarra. “As the exchange goes back and forth, the kids get to understand that being inquisitive and intellectual curiosity is exciting.”

The lectures series kicked off on Thursday, October 17, with Bill Buehl, director of engineering at Brooklyn-based MarkBot, discussing 3-D printing with roughly 50 students. His lecture focused on the future of this revolutionary piece of technology and its importance to the science and medical community.

“What better way to solidify Brooklyn Tech as a center of educational excellence than to explore the state of the art in science, technology, education and business?” asked Dr. Matt Mandery, CEO of the Alumni Foundation and former Brooklyn Tech principal. “And to do it by inviting in the leaders who have joined with us to enrich student’s education.”

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