Between Pokemon Go and VR arcades, kids these days are being exposed to high-tech entertainment options early. Randi Zuckerberg thinks this is a good thing, citing this exposure as an early way to get children engaged and interested in technology, coding, or science. To that end, she’s launching a “tech-fueled wonderland” pop-up restaurant at its first stop in Chattanooga, TN, at the end of this month.
Diners at Sue’s Tech Kitchen will visit different stations with activities like composing music with their food, 3D printing desserts, making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, and coding games with candy. The setup and stations within the restaurant were designed by a NASA scientist.
Zuckerberg says she encourages parents to embrace technology in their lives in a healthy way. ”So when I was at a restaurant with my two boys, I thought ‘how cool would it be if a drone could deliver our food? Or if we could code with candy?’ As a result, Sue’s Tech Kitchen is coming to life, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing it first to Chattanooga,” said Zuckerberg.
The pop up will be located in the Tomorrow Building, Chattanooga’s first co-living building located within the city’s designated 140-acre downtown ‘Innovation District’. Chattanooga is the first city of its’ size to designate an established innovation district that allows workers and families easy accessibility to entertainment and food options, public space and art, and clean and public transportation options.
Zuckerberg first visited Gig City and the Innovation District in February when she delivered the keynote address at the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute’s annual dinner. She said she was impressed by how positively the city embraces entrepreneurship.
Sue’s Tech Kitchen will open for business on Friday, July 28th and stay in Chattanooga for a week. Following that, the pop-up will commence a national tour that will run into 2018.
Photo via Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute Facebook page