Galileo High School at Lumosity

 

On November 7th, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology students went on an IGNITE field trip to visit Lumosity. The visit included a tour of their office, a panel from some of the women working at Lumosity, and a workshop involving redesigning the classic Tetris game. The visit was a fantastic experience for the students as they learned what it was like to work at a company like Lumosity.

After a tour of the office, Lumosity hosts shared their stories of how they got to where they are now at Lumosity, including their experiences in high school, college, and their careers. Girls learned from the experiences shared by the panelists, especially the role that computer science and technology played in the preparation for their careers and its importance in their work now.

In the afternoon, the students worked with some of the Lumosity hosts to get a taste of what game development is like by redesigning the classic Tetris game. They came up with ideas to improve the experience of playing Tetris, either by adding an interesting theme or twist to it or changing the gameplay to make it more engaging for the player. The student had a lot of fun with this and got to show off some of their creativity.

Thank you to the wonderful hosts at Lumosity, especially our guide Laura Piersell, for sharing their day and their stories with the girls and making this a memorable experience for them. The students really enjoyed spending time at Lumosity and working with the hosts to brainstorm and share their game ideas. The stories shared in the panel and being in such a welcoming workplace have inspired all of the girls to be more interested in STEM.

Danny Tan

IGNITE Advisor

Galileo High School

After attending this event:

100%

of girls/non-binary students are more interested in STEM

83%

of girls/non-binary students want to study harder to attend college and further their education

75%

of girls/non-binary students want to investigate taking a STEM related course next semester

Here’s what the students had to say:

  • “Hearing Ivy’s story because I can relate to having a specific plan that I know I want and it’s helpful to hear from someone who’s gone through that path.” – Grade 12
  • “I enjoyed seeing that artists can work for a company and still get both well treated and well paid. It shows that I could pursue a hobby for a career and still make money.” – Grade 10
  • “The tour around the setup of the company, certain rooms placed to help with the convenience of the staff. This event inspired me to look more into STEM related internships that could help me map out my preferences in working with a company..” – Grade 11
  • “I enjoyed learning the types of roles and what they do in Lumosity, and inspired me by me wanting to advance my knowledge of creating a game even more.” –Grade 10
  • “I really enjoyed listening to the different perspectives and paths that each of the speakers shared. It gives me hope because I’m in a stage where I am looking for new paths to pursue and this gave me a lot of insight.” – Grade 12

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