expose students to creative careers

The students blew me away with their ability to let their guards down and let the creativity flow. Since the design challenge related to them on a personal level, they were able to consider their own experience and relate to others’ throughout the design process. The students were also thrilled that you could work in a company as colorful and interactive as IDEO. Many came up to me after the Makeathon asking how they could intern in such a place next summer (a sentiment I wish I realized when I was 16).

One thing I really value about the PIC is its ability to forge relationships with employers that result in meaningful work experiences for students - especially for students who might not otherwise have access to these opportunities. It was just as inspiring to work with IDEO CoLab to welcome high school students into their space.