Iridescent’s Impact in 2018

In 2018 we supported 25,000 students, parents, educators, and mentors to learn about engineering and technology together.

We equip students to solve the problems they care most about by teaching them basic technological literacy skills – and then having them apply those skills directly.

Technovation students develop a basic understanding of programming and improve their computational thinking skills. An evaluation conducted in partnership with MIT found:

  • 80% of students demonstrate a basic understanding of programming
  • 35% of students also demonstrate use of sophisticated features in their projects 

Our programs also help students develop the twenty-first century skills that establish a firm foundation for lifelong learning.

Evaluations from MIT, WestEd and Oregon State University found that after participating in our programs, students are more self-confident, better problem solvers, better entrepreneurs, more resilient, and more self-reliant. Even performing better in standardized test scores.

In 2018 we continued to systematize learning gain data collection, analysis, and reporting.

We are excited to share our lessons and insights across this collection of reports.

A focus on demystifying Artificial Intelligence

In 2018 we launched the AI Family Challenge, which has engaged more than 7,000 people in 13 countries in its first year. We also held public panels and debates that put the public in conversation with AI experts, educators, and tech leaders, and continued our interview series of AI researchers.