2nd Annual STEM In Initiative Reaches 5 Global Cities
On November 8th, STEM Day, Mission Possible kicked off its 2nd Annual STEM In initiative to sponsor engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused workshops geared towards children and young adults. STEM In just wrapped up and we are excited to celebrate its success this week during Computer Science Education Week!
Working closely with our partner Building Impact, whose signature skills-based model is easy to execute, we reached over 160 youth during the month by hosting Pitch & Prototype Competitions in Boston, Santa Barbara, Lindon (Utah), Bangalore and Budapest. The General Managers of LogMeIn’s three business units, Mark Strassman, John Bennett, and Dave Campbell, served as Executive Sponsors for the program and were hands on in the planning and judging of the student teams.
During the competitions, students worked in small groups with employee volunteers to design and pitch the prototype “healthy living for a healthier community” mobile apps. The small groups worked through the problem, personas, product-market-fit, the customer, and included implementing LogMeIn product features into the apps (chat, MAF and videoconferencing). The Prototype & Pitch competition is modeled after Shark Tank and was a success, receiving great feedback from both students and teachers alike.
“Thank you so much for providing this AMAZING opportunity for our students (and us!!),” said a teacher at La Colina Junior High School (Prototype & Pitch Santa Barbara). “I was so impressed with the students’ presentations! I hope we can work together on future projects.”
“Thanks again for planning such a great field trip for our students. It really was worthwhile, educational, informative, and fun for the students,” said a teacher at Draper Park Middle School (Prototype & Pitch Lindon).
“This is the first time we had the chance to take this model global by partnering with Project Leaders in these five cities,” said Bridget at Building Impact. “Their leadership created opportunities for local students to design and prototype an app they really care about. App ideas ranged from solving issues around mental health, high-quality food, exercise, and drug abuse. We recognize that when companies like LogMeIn provide students with these opportunities, these tech entrepreneurs of the future begin to imagine what’s possible”.
“The students were great. Very prepared and ready for the challenge,” said Christian Ponce, a LogMeIn volunteer with the Prototype & Pitch competition. “They really honed in on key issues and worked together and brainstormed on how to create an app that addresses specific problems.”
Thank you to Building Impact, the STEM In team leaders and all our global volunteers that helped make STEM In a success!