The Exploratory at Microsoft Los Angeles for Youth Pitch Day
Down the street from The Exploratory makerspace is the Los Angeles Microsoft office which is where this year’s Youth Pitch Day was held this month. The Yang Camp and the Girls in Tech LA division put together this event to give kids the chance to explore differents aspects of presentation whether it is code, app development, posters, or robotics to pitch an idea to professional judges in a relaxed setting.
The Exploratory provided all the participants with materials and expertise on using Makey Makey and Paper Circuits. The goal of the Makey Makey station was to use the Makey Makey and Scratch to create a story on a comic book layout that controlled the animation. So basically making their stories come to life through code and electronics. The goal of the paper circuits station was to show younger children how art and electronics can come together in interesting ways. An introduction to electronics can inspire children in so many ways as we saw at this event.
On hand were mentors to help the participants to put together their ideas into a presentation before the judges. As they brought out the prizes, the adrenaline was pumping. The youngest presenter was 7 and the oldest teenagers. There were ideas from flying cars to an app that helped you put outfits together. The goal of the event was to provide an opportunity for these budding entrepreneurs to get a taste of what presenting in front of a crowd involves.
Can’t wait to see what these imaginative, brave young people will have for us in the future.