Woodside Gets New Tech Center

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Staff Writer

Woodside is getting a major system upgrade.

A technology lab made possible by a grant from Time Warner Cable opened last Monday at Woodside on the Move, a grassroots community organization that aims to improve business opportunities and quality of life in Woodside.

Services will include coding classes, 3-D printing and a modern pen-pal exchange, through which students can Skype with foreign schools.

Adrian Bordoni (second from right) joined Queens officials in opening Woodside on the Move’s new tech lab.

Adrian Bordoni (second from right) joined Queens officials in opening Woodside on the Move’s new tech lab.

One of the organization’s primary goals in installing this new technology center was “to address the digital divide among generations,” according to Adrian Bordoni, executive director at Woodside on the Move.

“When it comes to seniors and other adults, [we will be] looking at benefit screenings online, looking at housing… anything they can do online as far as benefits and applications,” Bordoni explained.

Bordoni said he also recognizes that kids and teens are surrounded by technology they might not have available at home.

“Technology is definitely a high-need industry as far as jobs,” he said. “Kids need to be aware of different software… it’s very important that they have that kind of availability.”

In response to this need, Woodside on the Move’s technology center will offer training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Above all, Bordoni said he hopes that the new technology center will establish a fun and creative atmosphere, where students, seniors, veterans and families work together and different interests are represented.

As of last week, the lab is fully installed and equipped. The full range of activities is slated to kick off on July 7.

Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@queenstribune.com or @JNStrawbridge.