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Review for Technovation, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

An amazing nonprofit! The organization focuses on teaching local elementary, middle, and sometimes high school students about science and engineering. They have weekly in-school sessions, which take place in the classroom, as well as "Family Science", which is a 2-hour session with the kids and their families. But what sets Iridescent apart is their dedication to hands on activities, where students are actively involved in both the design and build phases. In addition, they recruit engineering students from the neighboring universities and provide extensive training on how to be an effective teacher. The experience challenges the university students to accurately simplify difficult concepts, while the kids get to apply their creativity to engineering. At the conclusion of the 4-week session, Iridescent quantitatively assesses the improvement of the kids and the teaching quality of the students. They provide feedback so that each session gets better and better. At a time when the number of American students going into science and engineering is declining, programs like these are critical to inspiring upcoming generations and keeping the US science and technology-oriented.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

newspaper articles, the faces of excited children, the faces of pleased parents.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a dedicated fundraiser position.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to interact with kids and being amazed by how much they already know!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly energetic and young teachers and university students, as well as some industry representatives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the fate of engineering in the US.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had enough funding to have an organized center or office - both to store supplies and have meetings/discussions. But considering the state of the economy, they are doing well.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and consistent volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope the organization grows and that branches in other cities will follow!

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Role:  Volunteer & Designed and prepared lesson plans and activities, taught "Family Science" and in-school lessons.