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.
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.
On the 21st, we partnered with ComEd for their Solar Spotlight event for Latinx Heritage Month. 72 high schoolers from across the city joined us to learn about the intersection of hardware, software, solar power, and urban farming by building self-contained grow boxes designed to grow more than a pound of mushrooms each week.
As a non-profit that doesn’t utilize volunteers in the classroom, we know many of our supporters are curious of other ways to support SparkShop’s mission to mobilize and inspire the next generation of engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs & manufacturing geniuses. Today we’re highlighting two ways you can support us via Amazon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SparkShop was lucky enough to attend a private tour of the Farnsworth House organized by our speediest partner, the Porsche Club of America’s Chicago Chapter. The Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, is one of Chicagoland’s greatest architectural gems and most recognizable structures.
You've probably already heard of Cameo. They're the developers of a custom-celebrity-shoutout app, one of the fastest growing start-ups in Chicago, AND SparkShop's newest supporters! Our partnership with them will cover costs for a school to receive SparkShop in all of their 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Thanks, Cameo!
Our small team is growing! We kicked off the month by welcoming Ella Chudik to SparkShop. Ella is an Industrial Engineering student at Northwestern University. Her summer projects are focused around optimizing our internal operations and reducing program & material costs.