We provide programs at no cost to schools that introduce youth to computer programming, biotechnology and robotics. These activities also incorporate mertacognitive skills training and techniques for product design and development, and project management that will benefit youth no matter their interests. During the 2017-18 school year, we were in 22 schools with over 1,200 students participating in our monthly beginner computer programming classes.
We are based in the state of New Mexico and have placed an emphasis on supporting schools in rural communities and students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM professions. The importance of our work is highlighted by the fact that in the last year, New Mexico schools ranked 50th in the U.S. and the state ranked in the bottom 10% nationwide in economic opportunities and career achievements.
Founder and President of the Brain Hackers Association
Dr. Forsythe has led STEM-oriented youth programs in the East Mountains area outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past ten years. Formerly, he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Forsythe has over twenty-five years of experience applying brain science to develop technology solutions to improve human performance. Dr. Forsythe has served on government advisory panels for the Department of Energy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Air Force, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the National Research Council. Dr. Forsythe has taught courses and workshops concerning the practical, everyday application of brain science to a variety of adult professional and youth audiences. Dr. Forsythe has published extensively including authoring the book Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Systems: Work and Everyday Life and editing three books in the fields of human factors and intelligent systems. Dr. Forsythe has a PhD in Experimental Psychology and MS in Biopsychology from the University of Memphis.