NYC FIRST STEM Center at Cornell Tech

We are located at the beautiful Cornell Tech campus, located at 11 E. Loop Rd., New York, NY 10044, on Roosevelt Island.


This site is a resource to get involved with programs being held at the NYC FIRST STEM Center @ Cornell Tech.


You will be able to:


We will very shortly offer workshops for the community, so please check back soon.


If you’re new to the STEM Center, please familiarize yourself with our policies and safety instructions - here.


If we’re not in the space, feel free to write us a note at



Volunteering / Mentor Opportunities 

Anne Goodfriend

Instructor and Program Manager

Anne is a Designer, Technologist, and Educator who is skilled at rapid ideation, prototyping, visual design, UX design, front-end-development, and physical computing. She has felt empowered through her own journey learning to code, craft, and engineer. Anne is passionate about sharing these skills with others, inspiring them to engage more deeply with new technology and have fun in the process. In addition to working at the STEM Center, Anne acts as Product Manager for HistoryLIVE, an augmented reality company that crafts historical and educational experiences.

Talya Stein

Instructor and Program Manager

Talya is a Designer, Fabricator, Educator, and Artist. She believes good design should be simple, clear, intuitive and as much as possible - interactive. Her strong background in graphic design, and her experience in the physical computing world allow Talya to cross the border between the screen and the physical. She is a proud member of the maker movement, and takes parts in everything from Maker Faire, to ITP, to Vidcode, Hack it Back, TedX. In addition to her work at FIRST NYC, as part of the WiTNY Initiative, Talya teaches workshops to BMCC.

Yoav Friedländer


Yoav is a photographer and a scale model artist, an editor, curator designer and educator. He received a B.A in Photographic Communications from Hadassah Academic College. In 2014 Yoav had received his MFA from the Department of Photography Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to teaching at the STEM Center, he is a faculty member at the BFA department of Photography & Video at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Yoav is represented by Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, New York and has exhibited his work in international venues and exhibitions.


Meet the Staff

We are seeking Mentors to offer guidance to our students during open hours at the Roosevelt Island location. We are specifically looking volunteers who can offer 1-3 hours of their time each week and are regularly available one day a week (Tuesday - Friday) between 4pm and 7pm.


Responsibilities would include helping to monitor the space while offering your skills to help students with personal projects.