This past year of 2017- 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to be a student ambassador for Iridescent's Technovation challenge program, for girls all over the world to tackle real world problems through developing apps. Technovation does an amazing job at encouraging girls, especially those in underserved communities, to explore their interests in STEM fields, and be a bigger part of their community, as well as motivating them to pursue a STEM career in the future.
I first volunteered with iridescent in 2017 applying to be a Technovation Regional Ambassador for Northern Uganda. Initially I was a beneficially of the engaging and empowering program as I participated in the challenge for two years. Technovation changed my life in so many ways, I became more confident, more acquainted with Technology and programming. My experience in the program inspired me into my current career path, to be able to inspire more girls through Technovation. I work with Oysters & Pearls - Uganda an organisation that cultivates Technology education in northern Uganda which partners with Iridescent to coordinate the Technovation Challenge in our region.
I have witnessed the impact iridescent makes in girls' lives through the organised program materiel, equipment donations like computers, internet, smart phones for the undeserved communities to also be able to participate and make a change in their lives.
From 65 girls that participated in 2017 to over 100 girls in 2018, we believe that girls are being inspired to dream big, work towards achieving those dreams and to aim at acquiring higher education.
Over the past year of 2017-2018, I have been working with Iridescent as a Technovation Student Ambassador, a challenge for young girls to develop an app for real-world issues. I was taken away by the opportunities that it provides for young women around the world, especially for girls in underserved communities. Over the course of the Technovation challenge, girls are encouraged to think critically, work with fellow classmates and friends to explore new interests in technology that they are passionate about. The support system from the Program really helps the participants to challenge obstacles throughout the competition, and help them learn so many new things along the way. The change in self-confidence that these girls develop throughout the season is remarkable. Not only does it motivate young women to take on new leadership roles, it allows them to become even greater role models for other girls all around their community.
Iridescent's programs are so important and focus on what young people can do if given the opportunity. Iridescent's Technovation Challenge is such a great example - giving girls a platform to be innovative and help find Technological solutions to problems in their local communities is just amazing.
I am Sejal Sahni, a 17 year old school student from India. I participated in the Technovation Challenge in 2015 and consequently went on to become the Student Ambassador for the program in my region.
Over the last 3 years, I have seen numerous girls, including myself, benefit from the unique platform that Technovation offers, and blossom into confident young women.
Technovation gives girls an all round experience of launching a tech startup-including all the nitty gritties, and also provides them also 360 degree view of working in the corporate sector.
What is so unique about this Program is that more than being just a competition, it provides a support system to its participants by providing mentorship, guidance and support, even after the competition is over.
Technovation is truly helping change the attutude of girls towards Science and Technology, one girl at a time...
Iridescent is an important and revolutionary company that provides open-access STEAM curricula to make engineering and STEAM less daunting for beginners. I started interacting with the company as a PhD student and by doing so, I completely adopted their teaching strategies to: (1) focus on iterative development and improvements and (2) to ensure out-of-the-box solutions are generated by using open-ended design challenges. This teaching approach has been extremely helpful when I interact with students from gK-12 and beyond. I hope Iridescent continues to grow and influence more communities.
I have been involved with one of their major initiatives Technovation as a mentor to the target population for over 3 years now and the sheer simplicity of the solution they put out there that has scaled across the globe and given an opportunity for girls across the world to dream big leveraging technology and entrepreneurial skills is mind boggling. I have heard a number of success stories of girls making a difference in their communities having been inspired by their own experiences in Technovation. All of this goes for due credit to the leadership for their vision and the team that has been delivering year after year with utmost passion and dedication. Sharing a pic of 10 high school girls from Bengaluru who had a life changing experience part of this program and have inspired 100s of other girls in their vicinity to take part and dream big.
I am seeing their work for past 2-3 years and it's pretty impressive how they have been supporting girls from across the world. We attended one of their events last year as one of our friends recommended it - it was the final even in which winners were announced. We got a chance to look at various apps, hear pitch from girls who developed those apps and vote for them too. All we saw was well planned/ executed event, mind blowing apps and excellent attitudes. My daughter who was 8 then was so inspired that she started understanding more about apps the same evening. She even came up with a nice app idea which came to us as a surprise. We never knew she would be so interested in this area.
She's waited eagerly for past 2 years to turn 10 and be eligible for enrollment. She's learning basic coding and is already brainstorming app ideas with her friends. It's so satisfying to see how they've developed a sense of community and come up with such innovative ideas to serve our community. As a mom, I feel so proud to see how she's working as a team together yet demonstrating her leadership skills. In my opinion, this is not just an app making contest, it is a forum for young girls interested in this field to explore their talents and know what they're capable of.
Kudos to the team who encourage girls from all places - some are from towns I didn't even know existed.
Their events are so impressive that it gives you goose bumps. You see young girls, pouring confidence, happy tears, proud parents/ mentors.
Can't wait for my daughter to take this once in a lifetime journey.
Iridescent- Curiosity Machine shares engineering challenges for PK-12 students and families. Their online platform is easy to navigate and it provides the connections to Problem Based Learning strategies and provides investigations that express the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. I have participated in two of Iridescent's presentations. The first was at Maple Primary Center where there were over 200 parents and PK - 1st grade students participating in an engineering challenge. The second event was with parent and community representatives. In both of the presentations, participants had rich instructional conversations utilizing the academic vocabulary needed to effectively communicate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) practices.
This organization creates user friendly and engaging platforms to assist youth and educators in STEM related fields. Their programs include face to face, online mentorship, professional development and peer to peer methods. They have a large network of professionals that contribute and collaborate along side them. I regularly refer to their "Curiosity Machine" platform when I am mentoring classroom teachers. It is a high quality learning tool that makes learning science interactive while teaching important web-literacy skills like reading, writing and participating on the web.
Iridescent does a great job with reaching out to community schools to foster STEM education for children. They have numerous programs and I am involved in the program called Curiosity Machine. Curiosity Machine has over 90 activities that children can build and participate in to learn about the STEM fields. Mentors like me help them along on this journey. The kids feel connected when interacting with someone in the STEM field. I am privileged to be part of this organization where I can help the next generation of children explore the STEM field and the opportunities that await them in the future.
I first started working with Iridescent in college, where I was involved in a family science program. Using common household materials, we helped children and their parents build rudimentary engineering devices (i.e. balloon-propelled cars, sky scrapers, suspension bridges, etc) and taught them basic scientific principles. Shortly after, Iridescent launched Curiosity Machine, which is an online version of the family science program. Children participating in the program are guided by mentors via the online platform to design, build, and rebuild various items of their choosing.
I have been volunteering for Curiosity Machine for more than two years now, and I can say the program has really grown since then. The development team is constantly and actively looking for ways to make the mentoring experience better for both the mentees and mentors, and new design challenges are always being produced. We've expanded from individuals participating in the program, now to include summer camps and entire classes from different schools across the country. It has been awesome working with the kids and to see the advancements Iridescent Learning has made in getting science to be more accessible to the general public.
Iridescent is sparking curiosity among the youth. They utilize engineers in the field to help teach these students.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering has been thrilled to partner with Iridescent and Boeing in creating Engineering Design Challenges for the 2016 Divisional and State STEM Competitions. They also provided an Educator Workshop for our teachers at State and we received glowing feedback about how valuable both the challenge and the workshop were for our 400 participants. TAME has also been proud to partner with Iridescent and Boeing for regular Family STEM Nights at a middle school in El Paso, Texas. The five-week sessions there brought parents and children together to design, build, and test specific projects to encourage families to engage in learning. We look forward to continuing this work helping inspire students in STEM across the Lone Star state.
We have worked with Iridescent on a few projects and had nothing but a positive experience with them. They have truly remarkable staff who are dedicated to their work. We always look forward to collaborating with them whenever the opportunity arises.
I am the STEM Lab Teacher at Schmitt Elementary in Columbus, Indiana, and this is my second year using Iridescent's Curiosity Machine. All grades (K-6) visit STEM lab as a Specials class once a week, for a total of 740 students. Grades 3-6 bring their Chromebooks to STEM lab for the online platform of Curiosity Machine. We have online and in class mentors, which are engineers from Cummins, Inc. All grades follow the Engineering Design Process which is part of each Curiosity Machine challenge. Each challenge is divided into 3 sessions (3 weeks). Iridescent has been a vital component in the development of our STEM lab.
Iridescent has empowered girls globally to tackle social challenges in their communities through technology. By hosting a challenge called Technovation to encourage girls to form teams, come up with a mobile app addressing a challenge, and then pitch it to judges globally, this nonprofit takes a comprehensive approach to STEM learning. I've personally seen the confidence that girls have gained through this program in places like Bangalore to Silicon Valley.
I had the privilege of collaborating with Iridescent to develop curriculum for Family Science Nights that my school cohosted. They are nothing short of amazing, flexible, supportive, and inspiring! The experiences that Iridescent helped create were hands-on and engaging. Both the parents and kids thoroughly enjoyed every week! I can't wait to work with them again in the spring!
Engineering for ALL! - Our elementary school has been using Curiosity Machine for the last three years. We absolutely love the opportunities it provides our students and families! All grade level teachers use the Curiosity Machine platform each trimester as part of their STEM curriculum. Additionally, teachers WANT to incorporate extra design challenges into their before and after-school enrichment classes because of the engagement and excitement it brings to the classroom. I personally have used it for three years and each design challenge works to improve student collaboration, writing, and problem-solving skills. Students get very excited to summarize their finding and upload their images and videos. Our next design challenge will begin in two weeks and I can’t wait to get started with our students. Thank you Curiosity Machine for an unbeatable addition to our STEM program!