Our mission is to use science, technology and engineering to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering.
Iridescent is a science-education nonprofit that helps engineers, scientists and high-tech professionals bring cutting edge science, technology and engineering to high school girls, and underprivileged minority children and their families. Three unique aspects are:
The model has been successfully implemented by Iridescent over five years in California and New York City, reaching more than 9000 Hispanic and African-American children and adults. Iridescent’s programs increase participants’ interest in science, content knowledge and self-efficacy.
Our objectives are to: 1) bring the most exciting, cutting-edge science directly to underprivileged communities; 2) ensure the program has long term impact by involving the parents in the learning; 3) bring valuable social capital in the form of engineering mentors and role models to these communities.