Did you know that the best-reviewed video game of all time is Super Mario Galaxy? – or that – An estimated seven million people ride the New York City subway system per day? -or that – Wrestling legend Shawn Michaels’ given name is Michael Hickenbottom? All these fun facts and more were recently presented by AHRC Middle High School students and Pace University students as part of their collaborative class entitled Community Empowerment through Information Systems. The course is taught by James Lawler, DPS, Professor of Information Technology at Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Students from each school, faculty, AHRC NYC staff and parents gathered at Maiden Lane to witness the presentations, which were a mixture of PowerPoint presentations, videos, and spoken portions. Each Pace student was paired with a student from AHRC Middle/High School student and throughout the semester accompanied each other in a number of community endeavors, such as visiting the Avengers exhibit in Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge. For the presentations, the groups picked a topic of interest to both parties and researched the information together. Among the topics covered were US Presidents, Bridges of New York, Applying for College, and France. The students also gave insight into their personal backgrounds as well as what they would like to do in the future. The result was an informative, humorous, and introspective series of talks.