Last month the THRIVE Innovation Foundation, in partnership with Taylor Farms and the City of Salinas, hosted the inaugural THRIVE Young Innovators Challenge for tech-focused middle and high school students. The three winning teams were awarded cash prizes and a sponsored day trip to Silicon Valley to tour tech giants Google and Intel — which happened on Monday!
The teams from Oakwood School, First Tee of Monterey County, and Harden Middle School got to tour the campuses of Google and Intel and see where their interest in STEM could take them one day.
“Students learned about how to be “Googly” (good to others and the environment), attended lunch at one of Google’s 20 healthy cafes, and played in the ball pit. At Intel they learned about the company’s innovation and technology – the co-founders created the first semiconductor microchip for the cellular phone and computer industry,” shared Margaret D’Arrigo, VP Community Development, Taylor Farms and THRIVE Foundation Board Member. “The student teams created unique products out of Legos and then had to write instructions so another team could build the same product in 5 minutes. It was a day filled with collaboration, science, technology, inspiration, and innovation!”
Congratulations to all the Thrive Young Innovators on your well deserved trip!