Sunday, May 25, 2014

NationSwell Features LabCandy

All of us at LabCandy are so honored and stoked to be featured by NationSwell as one of its national innovators for positive change!  

According to its website, "NationSwell is a new digital media company focused on high-quality stories about American renewal — about the new innovators, pioneers, and builders who are doing the most creative and impactful things to move America forward. We’re focused on identifying them, telling gripping stories about them, and mobilizing support behind them."  

This past Spring, NationSwell writers and superstar Yalies Noah Remnick and Kate Wiener spent many days and nights learning about LabCandy, its products, and its mission to encourage young girls interest in STEM.   Their resulting article captures the heart and passion behind what LabCandy is trying to accomplish and I'm so proud that NationSwell recognized our efforts to effect meaningful change in the STEM world.   Here's the link to the full NationSwell article  

In addition to this awesome article, NationSwell teamed up with LabCandy to host a special "afternoon of science" for young girls.   On April 6, 2014, 18 girls from public middle schools in New Haven, CT joined LabCandy for a science information fair organized by NationSwell.  With the support of NationSwell readers who donated to a Rally campaign, the event served as a social action initiative to mobilize support around the LabCandy model for making science cool. The young girls decorated their own bling'ed-out lab goggles, heard from Yale students about opportunities in the sciences, and met with members of the Yale science faculty.  Superstar professor of comparative cognition, Dr. Laurie R. Santos, donned LabCandy gear and joined in the fun - everybody loved her presentation about her research with animal psychology. Lastly, I had the opportunity to share with the group my passion for science and LabCandy's plans for helping to spread the word that  the world of STEM is an exciting, challenging and fun place for girls like them.  And most importantly, I got the privilege of hearing from the girls their enthusiasm for and feedback on their favorite LabCandy products. 

All in all, it was a day filled with lots of excitement, energy, and fun for all, and we wanted to share a few photos.