Saturday, August 30, 2014

How One Teacher Changed My Life #InspiredSTEM


My passion for science was fueled by a series of incredible teachers. In particular, Mary Cahill and Denise Reitz.

Ms. Cahill was my middle school biology teacher, and her enthusiasm for biology was infectious.  Ms. Reitz was my high school advisor as well as science teacher.   Her expert advice,  kind professionalism, and non-stop encouragement steered me to a better life path. I wrote her into the LabCandy storybook, and she helps Ava save the day just as she did with me many times.



Those people who inspire us to stretch outside ourselves deserve a shout out!  They are teachers, mentors, family, friends, clergy folk, business women and men, and other rock stars who are often behind the scenes but play a big part in our lives.  Who inspired you? Join me in giving them recognition by posting it on Facebook or Twitter, and including the hashtag #InspiredSTEM. (photos rock too).

I plan to pull these statements together for a dedicated page on LabCandy’s website that gives recognition to all of the inspirational people who have touched our lives!  

-Olivia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR A BIG SURPRISE!

If you live in Connecticut, check out WTNH tomorrow at 10pm and watch our CEO, Olivia, chat about LabCandy! 


Olivia sat down with the incredible Ann Nyberg to discuss LabCandy's past, present, and future. Tune in, and listen for a big surprise! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

An Enthusiastic THANK YOU From LabCandy!


You helped us reach our goal in less than three days!




Thank you so much for your generous support!  I am grateful and humbled.  As I pack up to head back tomorrow to New Haven for school, this is the sweetest of any way to end the summer.

We’re excited to keep this going and will be announcing some phase two incentives for a new stretch goal next week.  In the meantime, thank you for your part in supporting LabCandy’s mission to inspire young girls to see themselves as our next generation of scientists and inventors. There is so much more to come and I hope you join us for the ride!

You can keep up with all of our updates on Facebook, Twitter and through our mailing list. And once I make my way up Interstate 95 and am settled back at school this weekend, we’ll be kicking things into full gear.

You all are amazing!  Together, let’s change the faces of science!

With gratitude,
Olivia and the LabCandy Team



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LABCANDY KICKSTARTER IS LIVE!!!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT OUR KICKSTARTER IS ACTUALLY LIVE!!! CLICK HERE TO VIEW:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78099719/labcandy-this-is-what-a-scientist-looks-like

After over a year of planning and hard work, we finally launched our Kickstarter campaign today. For those of you who aren't familiar with Kickstarter, it's a website where people can go and contribute small amounts of money (as little as 5$) to support a project they believe in. These people, called backers, receive fun prizes and experiences in return for their support.

We are using Kickstarter as a way to raise enough money to pay for our first factory order of product. And, for the very first time, WE ARE OFFERING OUR COMBO PACK PRODUCT FOR PURCHASE via the site. Please check out our page, share it with your friends, and join us on our movement. Together, we can change the faces of science.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#ALSicebucketchallenge

So this happened.



video


LabCandy has many uses. Like...protection from ice water? LOL my friend Andy nominated me for the #ALSicebucketchallenge in order to raise awareness around ALS. For those of you that don't know, below is a quick explanation of ALS, courtesy of the ALS Association:

"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

Clearly this is a worthy cause. The rules of the challenge are as follows:

1. EITHER dunk yourself in ice water and donate 10$ OR skip the water and donate 100$
2. Nominate at least 3 friends to complete the challenge after you
3. You must upload a video of all this within 24hrs of your nomination or YOU FAIL

This challenge has gone viral within the last few months and the ALS Association has raised over 1.2 million dollars thanks to the campaign. That's more than they raised in the entirety of last year! Finally, social media used for good and not evil.

In my video I thanked two very special women: Dr. Andrea Corse and Ms. Lora Clawson, both of whom are incredible female scientists and role models. Together with the Johns Hopkins ALS clinic, they are working hard to find a cure and are currently at the forefront of ALS research worldwide. Thanks ladies!