My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Iridescent, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Iridescent's mission, vision, values and people are simply fantastic. We at Cummins Inc. (a fortune 200 company) partnered with them in June 2015 to implement their Curiosity Machine (CM) program in our local community - Columbus, IN. First, we piloted the program at three Columbus parks. After the success of the pilot, we implemented the CM program at a title-1 school, Schmitt Elementary where ~400 students (3rd-6th graders) completed ~700 design challenges during 2015 - 2016 on the Curiosity Machine platform. Seeing students thrive in the program and connect with their Cummins' mentors, the school decided to integrate it into their regular curriculum.
The most awesome part about the platform is that the design challenges are structured in the format of the engineering design process - a process that we not only use at Cummins in our day-day work, but also in our day-day lives. Hence, as children follow this process while doing the design challenges, they get a first-hand experience of how it is like to be an engineer - a problem solver. Additionally, the platform helps students develop their curiosity, creativity, and persistence to experiment and find solutions despite failures.
Here at Cummins we have worked with several non-profits but the amount of enthusiasm that the CM program generated and the widespread impact it has had in just one year make's Iridescent the best STEM non-profit out there. Kudos to the whole Iridescent team for actually making a difference in people's lives.
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