In early November, our advisory board member Joanne Kamens generously hosted a bracelet-making fundraiser for The Exploratory, with delicious food and conversation, for about 25 guests, mostly friends of Joanne’s from different areas of her life, including college roommates, colleagues, mentors and mentees along her career, as well as neighbors. Our founder, Connie Chow, shared and answered questions about the education system in Ghana, climate for girls and women, policies and culture, as well as our programs and goals.
Gabrielle and Inseong, students in the Child Education Group and our partner at the FW Olin College of Engineering showed off the BrightBox, a portable light ray box for discovering optics, that their team has been developing. A budding social venture, they talked about their campaign to raise funds to manufacture BrightBoxes, including 100 that will benefit The Exploratory. (Thanks for all who gave to us AND to them – their campaign was a success)!
The event raised over $4,000 that will bring our girls and their teachers on a field trip to the Atomic Energy Commission in Ghana. Everyone took home a bracelet inspired by their creativity. Thanks so much, Joanne and everyone for being champions for girls and women in STEM, and for a friendly, fun and delicious evening!
Let us know if you are interested in hosting one of these bead bracelet making parties in 2017!
(Photos courtesy of Liz Kong. Thanks, Liz!)