MantisOpenSTEM displayed its STEM sensors at Year Up Greater Atlanta Technology FAIR 2016 on Friday, December 16th, 2016. This exhibit was presented by Microsoft and Sciberus and hosted a range of innovative companies including MySTEMKits. Representatives from MantisOpenStem, including CEO Laron Walker, interacted with the eager minds at Year Up. The event was the first of its kind at Year Up, organized by Raphael Gentry their Business Communications Instructor.

Year Up Greater Atlanta provides young apprentices with a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. A live demo was conducted with the Climate Sensor, Sensor Wand and Force Motion Sensor from the MantisOpenSTEM product line. Through lead and open-ended inquiries students who visited the booth engaged in dialogue regarding the importance of modeling, designing, and problem-solving.

You can tell the amount of knowledge that was bestowed on the students based on questions presented and application of how they saw the merge between our service offerings and products along with their current track. Michael Smith a student in the Quality Assurance/Programming track stated that he “appreciated learning different technology-based ideas and different things that are new to us.” Lonnie Jackson summed up why this collaboration was both necessary and important. As the Project Manager Consultant, Jackson provided his analysis stating “One of the key things I look at is all the different people brought together and different aspects of technology and being able to bring that to the students. Our generation, not just the students but also technology, and being able to merge the two is a dynamic success!”

Displays at the Tech Fair included coding, robotics, sensor technology, 3D printing, 3D gaming, and 3D modeling. Dialogue about our sensor technology help to stress the point of how interconnected technology is in this day and age. By devoting time, MantisOpenSTEM is confident that avenues of creativity were opened that the students might have doubted existed.

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