The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is taking the idea of life hacks to new heights. Following a new partnership with global tech company Lenovo, the US organization will be hosting nationwide hackathons in order to promote STEM skills.
Lenovo will donate tech products and provide volunteer support at these events. It will also provide funding and host app lab programming at 10 Club sites, including a two-day hackathon this week at the Wake County Boys & Girls Club in Raleigh, North Carolina.
During the hackathons, members will break into teams and go through a series of steps, which include defining an audience, developing a visual and working prototype, and presenting creations to a panel of judges.
The collaboration comes as STEM continues to be a hot area for Gen Z kids. Preschool SVOD service Hopster, for one, recently added Hopster School, a special in-app educational area focused on STEM subjects along with commissioning a new exclusive science show entitled Clever Brenda. As well, Discovery recently debuted its new Discovery #Mindblown IP featuring toys, games, apps, apparel, publishing and live events rooted in STEM themes.