La Colina Students Earn $5,000 Grant Thanks to Computer Coding Challenge with Local Software Company

La Colina coders at LogMeIn

La Colina Junior High School students participated in a hands-on computer coding challenge that resulted in a $5,000 grant  to help fund STEM initiatives, computer science and collaborative work spaces for the Girls Who Code club on campus.

Through LogMeIn’s Mission Possible “STEMIn” Prototype & Pitch,160 students in five offices across the world participated in the organization’s global initiative to engage youth through hands-on entrepreneurship education workshops. 

Twenty three students from La Colina spent the day with software engineers and designers at LogMeIn’s office in Goleta. During the challenge, each team worked together to design a mobile app centered around the theme of “healthy living for a healthier community” and then pitched their prototype mobile app to a panel of LogMeIn judges. Each team developed a problem statement, personas, product-market-fit, and even implemented LogMeIn product features into their apps. 

The resulting ideas and presentations were innovative and impressive, reflections on how future generations will succeed when given the tools and an experience like Prototype & Pitch.

“This opportunity provided the students with a ‘real world’ experience that opens their minds to what their future might be,” said La Colina Principal Jennifer Foster.