STEM In, LogMeIn’s STEM Education Initiative, Reaches 500+ Kids Around the Globe!
As technologists, we sometimes don’t realize the impact we can have on the world around us especially when it comes to raising awareness around technology among school children. This year we at LogMeIn decided to do a series of activities to do just that through our worldwide offices and willing volunteers. On November 8th, STEM Day, Mission Possible kicked off LogMeIn’s STEM In initiative to create, participate in, and sponsor engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused activities and programs geared towards children and young adults. STEM In wrapped up during Computer Science Week and Hour of Code earlier this month and we are excited to announce that we surpassed our goal and reached over 500 youth during the month by promoting STEM education in Boston, Utah, Mt. View, Germany and India. Thank you to our STEM In team and all our global volunteers that helped make STEM In a success!
Check out some of the activities that were held during STEM In 2018:
Boston: A thoughtful and engaging cybersecurity workshop for Boston Public School seniors (part of BUILD Boston) was held in the Teen Center at the Boston Public Library on November 28th. LogMeIn’s Kayla Williams talked about the company, her career path and current team, the industry, and how to stay safe online. Information Security Jeopardy was also a big hit.
On December 4th, Mission Possible hosted three teams of sixth graders from the Lilla Frederick Pilot Middle School onsite to prototype healthy living with Mission Possible volunteers and LABS at LogMeIn team members. The three teams of middle schoolers then presented to a panel of judges in a Guppy Tank and everyone was declared a winner
Lindon, Utah: On December 6th, LogMeIn’s Lindon office created an engaging coding workshop for 50 kids ages 11 to 13 from a local STEM-based academy (Mountainville Academy). LogMeIn volunteers in Lindon spent the day teaching kids about website UX/UI and helped them build their own websites in HTML and CSS. The curriculum was developed in-house by Kevyn Hale and each kid left the day with a publicly accessible website that they can continue adding to and can now show off to their parents.
Mountain View: On December 7th, Ratna Singh and Aniket Morankar in Mountain View, partnered with Silicon Valley Education Foundation, an organization that works with children in local schools to introduce them to coding. The purpose of the volunteers was to talk with students about their journey into Computer Science and help the students with some of the coding activities. The kids had a great time and loved to see the actual code behind the animations they created!
Bangalore: LogMeIn’s Bangalore office hosted a CoderDojo workshop on Dec 9th. The workshop had 14 kids from ages 9- to 15-years-old and was designed by the Bangalore STEM In team. The workshop was the first of its kind hosted by LogMeIn India, and the first CoderDojo (India) workshop conducted in an office premise. The STEM In team planned the event, including school reach-out, onboarding mentors, and designing projects for the participants. LogMeIn mentors hand-picked projects to suit the participant age groups and ensured variety to make the event a fun-filled learning experience for the young minds. The team designed scratch, HTML/CSS, Python and App Inventor projects for the participants.
Karlsruhe: On December 12th, LogMeIn employee Hartmut von Berg led 19 volunteers in a Hacker School event meant to inspire 300 kids at the Ernst-Reuter Schule in Karlsruhe to fall in love with Computer Science and Software Engineering by building their own software projects!
STEM education is one of Mission Possible’s community investment impact areas and we are excited to continue and expand our programs in 2019 and beyond!