STEMist Doll & App
Discouraged by the lack of female presence in fields from engineering to chemistry, this team came up with the idea of STEMist Doll and app who help young girls learn basic coding syntax while building conversational relationship with her doll.
The team is following in the footsteps of GoldieBlox whose mission is to disrupt the "pink aisle" and give girls an alternative to images of women portrayed by Barbie and others.
They began by building the app to learn how best to couple the goal of giving girls confidence in basic coding syntax (such as IF THEN ELSE) with the motivation to teach her doll conversational abilities such as IF I say "hello," THEN say "how are you?"
Math Edutainment Series
The goal of the team’s Edutainment Math DVD series, Mathmahelp, is to raise test scores and increase college admissions in low-income school districts. Long-term the team hopes these youth will be inspired to enter tech-based fields as a result.
The series is full of inspiring TED talks about crazy cool ways to apply math and real-life problems that bring abstract concepts to life, such as using Absolute Value to help an ice cream shop owner know which of the prospective hires is the most accurate ice cream dispenser.
In an opportunity of a lifetime, the team presented to a Microsoft Managing Director and were allocated a task force to help them build their concept!