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Aptima STEM Initiative

Aptima STEM Initiative

Aptima STEM Initiative: Regional Technovation Pitch

Woburn, MA, June 9, 2014 – On May 13, 2014, the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA hosted the Regional Technovation Challenge, in which teams of high school and middle school girls presented their mobile app prototype and business plan in front of a panel of judges, showing off the skills they learned in the 2014 Technovation Challenge program.

As part of Aptima’s STEM Initiative, Aptima Principal Scientist Alexandra Geyer mentored four teams for this event: three from the Winchester High School and one Winchester’s McCall Middle School. All four of Dr. Geyer’s teams were chosen as finalists, with one team taking first place and another taking second place.

For the Challenge, teams of girls, with support from female mentors from the industry, developed a prototype of an app that has the potential to benefit their local community. The teams also developed a business plan for their app, as well as recorded a pitch video and a demo video.

One of the Winchester High School teams was also selected to go on to compete in a World pitch night on June 18, 2014, at Google in Santa Clara, CA, where the grand prize is $20,000 to continue the development of the app and distribution of the app on the Android Market.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for girls to immerse themselves not only in science and technology, but to do real product development,” said Dr. Geyer. “Giving girls such hands-on experiences will only deepen their interest in STEM career paths, potentially leading them to intellectually challenging, well-paying, and satisfying career choices. And on top of it all – we had fun!”