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June 23, 2016

For 90 sophomore and junior students at Amundsen High School in Chicago, Illinois,the exciting career opportunities in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) were highlighted during STEM Career Accelerator Day. We hosted this event in partnership with Lumity, a non-profit organisation serving the Chicago region.

An exercise in design thinking

It was an action-packed day as the students were given the task of creating solutions for social issues ranging from health and fitness to urban violence after forming groups of four. Our volunteers stayed close at hand to guide the students while they developed a wireframe to address the issue at hand through technology after selecting the best solution from the group.

The students were given the opportunity to present their app ideas to the larger audience. There was no dearth of interesting ideas such as an app called 'Guard', which notifies residents of shootings and other violent crimes in their area based on their location. Another popular idea was a healthy food delivery and workout service that gives the user coupons as a personalincentive to be healthy and active.

Going by the positive feedback that we received from both groups, our programme was a big hit among the students and mentors alike. For the students, the hands-on exposure to real world applications for technology and mobile app development was a great learning experience. Our volunteers too came away visibly impressed with this talented bunch of students.

Stay tuned for more updates on our continued efforts to build a STEM workforce.

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