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|Motto||"Inspire. Create. Learn."|
|Purpose||Hacking, STEM Education|
|Amyr Haq, Tyler Menezes, Brett Neese|
Board of Directors
|Charlie Kindel, Christy Wilson, Mike Koss, Edward Jiang, Tyler Menezes|
|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; its main office serves as a hackerspace year-round and an incubator during the summer; however, its reach extends to major cities across the US with its CodeDay program.
According to the StudentRND website, the organization's goal is to "[get] students interested in coding, and stay interested in coding", which is believed to be an effective method of increasing interest in STEM. StudentRND has released a study showing that more and more students are getting interested in CodeDay and programming.
StudentRND created the CodeDay program, which are 24-hour programming competitions run across the US every few months, usually on long weekends. The program is currently hosted in 27 cities nation-wide, focusing on areas traditionally underserved by tech education programs.
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. 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. 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. Organizers also contribute to an organizer guide, which is provided to organizers in new cities to help promote experimentation at the events.
StudentRND has had several successful companies start at its workspace. As a result, in 2012, StudentRND launched the second incubator program for students. 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. 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.
StudentRND is funded largely through corporate donations and grants, although the organization does accept individual donations. Sponsorships of CodeDay events make up the bulk of the organization's revenue.
Unlike the main workspace, the events are not free, costing between $10 and $20 per student. Some in the technology education field consider charging for these events controversial. StudentRND also charges for its Labs program, although, like with CodeDay, they provide no-questions-asked scholarships.
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