StudentRND

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StudentRND
StudentRND Logo.png
Motto "Inspire. Create. Learn."
Formation 2009[1]
Type 501(c)(3) Non-profit
Purpose Hacking, STEM Education
Headquarters Seattle, Washington
Location US
Region served
US
Origin
Bellevue, Washington
Founder
Edward Jiang
Key Staff
Amyr Haq, Tyler Menezes
Board of Directors
Charlie Kindel, Christy Wilson, Mike Koss, Edward Jiang, Tyler Menezes
Budget $100,000
Staff 14[2]
Volunteers 50
Website studentrnd.org
Former name
Student Research and Development

StudentRND is a non-profit organization which runs multiple programs to promote STEM education for middle school, high school and college students. The organization is based in Washington, and is a registered non-profit corporation there, with IRS 501(c)(3) designation;[3] its main office serves as a hackerspace year-round[4] and an incubator during the summer;[5] however, its reach extends to major cities across the US with its CodeDay program.[6]

According to the StudentRND website, the organization's goal is to "get students to work on cool tech projects in their spare time",[7] which is believed to be an effective method of increasing interest in STEM.[8][9]

CodeDay[edit]

CodeDay February 2012

StudentRND created the CodeDay program, which are 24-hour programming competitions run across the US every few months, usually on long weekends.[10] The program is currently hosted in 14 cities nation-wide,[11] focusing on areas traditionally underserved by tech education programs.[12]

Events are held at existing venues, typically local tech companies or co-working spaces, who provide the space for free in exchange for being listed as a sponsor. Other expenses are typically paid for by additional sponsors.[13] In exchange, sponsors are provided with recruiting opportunities.

The events run 24 hours with pitches at the beginning and presentations at the end; many students program for the entire event.[14] Students may come with pre-formed teams or form them at the event, but may not have completed work prior to the event. Aside from this restriction, the rules are much more lax than many hackathons, allowing projects of any sort in any programming language or framework. StudentRND and local volunteers promote CodeDay events at local high schools and colleges.

Events are run by local volunteers under the guidance of facilitators—volunteers who have organized several events in the past.[15] Organizers also contribute to an organizer guide,[16] which is provided to organizers in new cities to help promote experimentation at the events.

StudentRND Labs[edit]

StudentRND has had several successful companies start at its workspace.[17][18][19][20] As a result, in 2012, StudentRND launched the second[21] incubator program for students.[22] The first class of the incubator consisted of 5 teams of high school students, and two of college students, with a total of 28 student participants.[23] The organization does not provide any funding to the teams, but does provide mentors, space, and weekly dinners with an eminent person speaking, and hosts a demo day at the end of the program.

The incubator program was continued as "StudentRND Labs" in 2013 and 2014 with less focus on business.[24] The program was shortened from 2 months to 3 weeks in 2014.[25]

Funding[edit]

StudentRND is funded largely through corporate donations[26] and grants,[27] although the organization does accept individual donations.[28] Sponsorships of CodeDay events make up the bulk of the organization's revenue.[29]

Unlike the main workspace, the events are not free, costing between $10 and $20 per student.[30] Some in the technology education field consider charging for these events controversial.[31] StudentRND also charges for its Labs program, although, like with CodeDay, they provide no-questions-asked scholarships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crunchbase: StudentRND". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. ^ "StudentRND Contact Page". StudentRND. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "IRS Designation Letter". IRS. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  4. ^ Gracey, Celeste (September 14, 2012). "A think space for student scientists, StudentRND offers workshop for science, tech and engineering". Bellevue Reporter. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  5. ^ "StudentRND About Page". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  6. ^ "CodeDay". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  7. ^ "StudentRND Homepage". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  8. ^ "ISE creates bridges between youths’ everyday lives and the world of science to increase interest in STEM". Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  9. ^ Olanoff, Drew (January 18, 2013). "The Problems Of Today Will Be Solved By The Minds Of Tomorrow". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  10. ^ Palmer, Kyle (April 30, 2012). "Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens". NPR. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  11. ^ "Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code?". NPR All Things Considered. January 25, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Coding marathon draws good turnout in Corvallis". Corvallis Gazette-Times. January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  13. ^ "CodeDay Organizer's Guide: Getting Started". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  14. ^ Sharify, John (February 25, 2013). "Students in Code Heaven at CodeDay". King5. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  15. ^ "Organize a CodeDay". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ "CodeDay Guide". GitHub. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  17. ^ Lawler, Ryan (August 8, 2012). "YC-Backed TapIn.tv Launches To Bring Instantaneous Live Video Streaming To The iPhone". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  18. ^ Wong, George (August 19, 2012). "StudentRND Plasma Speaker looks menacing". ubergizmo. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  19. ^ "Reis Audio". Zaarly. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  20. ^ Soper, Taylor (February 26, 2013). "StudentRND members launch Kickstarter for radiation detector, raise $13K in one week". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  21. ^ "Teens In Tech Incubator". Teens in Tech. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  22. ^ Cook, John (March 29, 2012). "Y Combinator for high-school kids? It’s students only at this new startup incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  23. ^ Tom, Mikey (August 23, 2012). "Meet the 7 startup teams in StudentRND’s summer incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  24. ^ "StudentRND Labs". StudentRND. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  25. ^ "Schedule StudentRND Labs". StudentRND. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  26. ^ Managan, Megan (December 19, 2011). "Teenagers launch technology non-profit". Sound Publishing. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  27. ^ Mosley, Tonya (January 21, 2010). "$1 million on the line in Chase's Facebook charity contest". King5. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  28. ^ "StudentRND Donate Page". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  29. ^ "CodeDay Sponsor Information Page". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  30. ^ "CodeDay Seattle Registration". StudentRND. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  31. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-02-19.