This weekend, we had the fantastic opportunity to test Lean Lab techniques out at the first Startup Weekend EDU in Los Angeles! Our team was led by Luz Rivas--an MIT and Harvard trained electrical engineer and founder of the amazing organization DIY girls, an after school program introducing 5th-high school aged girls to electrical engineering. Awesome STEM community college counselor, Marina Gonzalez, as well as myself rounded out the all woman powered team. Using a blend of design thinking, lean start up and good old fashioned brainstorming, we formed the company Yokyco.co. YokyCoco is a kit of tech tools that exposes kids to electrical engineering--it also comes with Common Core aligned lesson plans and performance tasks as well as access to DIY videos. The coolest thing about YokyCoco, however, is that it acts as an earned revenue stream to support DIY girls. Each $20 individual kit funds all the materials needed for 8 weeks of DIY Girl programing for one inner city LA public school girl. A $199 classroom set of kits (enough for 30 students!) sponsors one DIY girls programming for an entire year. Not only do you get the chance to expose kids to hands on STEM experiences-but you also get to support an amazing organization and help them scale their impact throughout the LA region. In more exciting news, YokyCoco took first place in the entire SWEDU-LA competition--eligible for up to $2500 in prizes and ongoing mentoring!
Photos c/o Marina Gonzalez