Inspire Future Scientists and Engineers

by Iridescent
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Summary

Iridescent is a science and engineering education nonprofit that inspires young people to solve big problems by developing their curiosity, creativity, and perseverance through building hands-on engineering and technology projects. Your support enables us to create our own "Science Superheroes" through providing a high quality STEM education to thousands of children worldwide and empowering them to think like engineers and scientists.
$15,000.00
total goal
$11,015.00
remaining
15
donors
1
monthly donor
4
months active

Challenge

Careers in engineering and technology are high-impact, high-growth areas that can empower even one person to change the world. However, many underserved children do not have the opportunities or support needed to reach their fullest potential in these fields. In the United States, more than 50% of children in public schools qualify as low-income. These children lack access to quality STEM education programs and mentors who form a strong network of support.

Solution

We help children become self-motivated learners, innovators, and leaders through providing curriculum, training, and support to children and key adults in their lives. Our Curiosity Machine program is a unique, project-based learning program that inspires students, families, and teachers to solve science and engineering problems together. We train STEM professionals to be mentors and connect underserved students with caring adults who encourage and motivate them to succeed.

Long-Term Impact

Results from a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded external evaluation have shown that 90% of participating children in our program gained STEM knowledge, persistence and curiosity, and 94% of parents did more hands-on science projects at home. Over the past ten years, through both our flagship programs Curiosity Machine and Technovation, we've created a sustainable and scalable model and have proudly trained more than 3,500 engineers and scientists to mentor 63,000 students and families.

Resources

http:/​/​www.iridescentlearning.org
Technovation Challenge Program
Curiosity Machine Program

Organization Information

Iridescent

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.iridescentlearning.org
Project Leader:
Katie Morton
Los Angeles, CA United States

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