Ways to Help: Company Matching

Ways to Help: Company Matching

Your company may offer a form of philanthropy where they will match your donation to an eligible non-profit. 78% of people who qualify for corporate matching aren’t aware that their company offers it! We want to make sure that all of SparkShop’s supporters have the opportunity to make the most out of their gift, especially because your donations directly benefit our students.

September Inventor Spotlight: Alissa Chavez

September Inventor Spotlight: Alissa Chavez

This month's inventor, Alissa Chavez, patented her first invention at just 14 years old! She wanted to prevent parents from accidentally leaving their children in hot cars. Her invention, the Hot Seat, is a pad with weight sensors that can trigger a loud alarm in the car and via a smartphone app. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico.

New Schools for 2020

After reaching 15 schools across Chicagoland, we're planning to expand into 5 more this school year! We are building long-lasting relationships with schools that are committed to supporting their students’ STEM learning.

If you know a school looking for hands-on engineering for their students, put them in touch with us at hello@sparkshop.org.

August Inventor Spotlight: Martin Lo

August Inventor Spotlight: Martin Lo

Martin Lo is a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, credited for inventing LTool, a program that maps spacecraft trajectories. Lo discovered the Interplanetary Superhighway, efficient pathways that take advantage of combined gravitational forces between planets, and used it to optimize paths to save fuel. In 2012, he was awarded LGBTQ Scientist of the Year.