Why I mentor:
I really enjoy watching the kids bring their inventions full circle from discovering a need/problem to developing a solution for it. I'm so impressed and inspired by their empathy; how they identified situations where they perceived other people, in many cases outside of their age/peer group, needed help with something, and they set out to come up with a sensitive solution for others. That gives me great hope that the future is indeed bright and promising! Time and time again, I'm seeing this strong sense of empathy manifested in the origin stories of the inventions and ventures led by these generations coming behind us.
Favorite mentoring experience:
It was so inspiring to me to watch the student inventors linking the dots and drawing conclusions on their own, without prompting. I particularly LOVED when the students organically started sharing their thoughts on each other's ideas and offered each other suggestions, from product development enhancements to commercial and pricing strategies-- It was really amazing to watch their interaction unfold and develop into a very rich peer-to-peer exchange of pretty brilliant and helpful ideas!