Brooklyn Nets rookie Jarrett Allen enjoys tech about as much as he enjoys dunking. His passion for technological innovation has found him teaming up with 4-H, an organization that educates and mentors young children. Last week, for the second time in the past few months, Allen met with a group of children for a tech-centered activity.
Allen and the 4-H kids worked to develop a wearable that would help him play smarter on the court. What they built was a sensor that could be worn on his wrist to track on-court steps.
“It’s almost like building a computer basically,” Allen told BrooklynNets.com. “I have a passion for that so doing this small thing was pretty fun.
“STEM education is great for kids because they’re our future and technology is going to be our future. So if we can teach everybody how to use it and how to make it work, then that’s going to be good for the future.”
This isn’t the first project that 4-H has put on for educating students in the STEM field. Last September, the organization held a 4‑H National Youth Science Day where kids designed their own wearable fitness trackers. This was through a partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose teams created kits of materials that could be used for creating.