From Future Coders to Your Grandma, STEM Education for Everyone

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 Krista Mayes and Esi McAllen, freshmen at the Academy for Software Engineering, work during a data functions class.

Whether you're 18 or 85, keeping up with new technology is increasingly important for success and even well-being. 

This week on New Tech City, WNYC's Yasmeen Khan visits the Academy for Software Engineering near Union Square to meet the students at the city's first public high school to put computer science front and center in the curriculum.

The first freshman class is about to wrap up its first year. So, what did they learn? 

"I built a data center in my bedroom," said student Gio Rascigno.

Also this week, New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi visits the Senior Planet Exploration Center on West 25th Street where seniors like 85-year-old Muriel Beach are learning how to use Microsoft Word, Gmail and other technologies.

Cutting and pasting hyperlinks might be second nature for the "digital natives" at AFSE, but it's a different story for someone born in the 1920s or 1930s.

"Although I've had a PC for years, I didn't know the full use of it," Beach said. Now she does.