MatchCraft Mentors the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

July 12, 2018 · Causes MatchCraft News

One of MatchCraft’s core values is giving back to our community. As an organization, we get a kick out of helping underserved populations and helping others learn. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our latest feel-good project: teaching high school students about the power and potential of a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

Recently, we welcomed a group of high school students to our headquarters in Santa Monica to do just that.

Mendez high school visits matchcraft

To make it happen, MatchCraft worked with Youth Business Alliance, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to pairing students with opportunities to garner real-world business perspective.

They paired MatchCraft with 15 students from Mendez High School joined the MatchCraft team in May for a packed day, including a tour, an interactive lunch, and a special STEM activity.

Josh galban speak to high school students

The STEM activity was a simulation of what it takes to produce a new release of the MatchCraft platform. MatchCraft team members compiled a list of what it takes to make a release, such as ideation, setting up a case studying, performing Q&A, etc.

The students were tasked with matching each activity with the correct department within MatchCraft, such as product development, engineering, marketing, etc. Then, they had to order the list of pre-launch activities in the order which they should be executed.

The activity was designed to showcase not only how much work goes into a product launch, but also to share the depth and range of career opportunities that a tech company can offer.

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During the interactive lunch, the students opened up to MatchCraft team members about their career and life aspirations. It was an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the day-to-day life of MatchCraft employees and to receive advice.

marc zaks speaks to mendez high students

As a technology company, we don’t just talk the talk: we live our STEM careers every day. We’re passionate about building a product that matters, and to be sharing that passion with the STEM professionals of tomorrow.

We’re looking forward to seeing where life takes the enthusiastic students of Mendez High – perhaps they’ll land in our offices again someday, as a professional MatchCrafter.

Time will tell. But we’re confident that wherever their goals take them, that success will follow.

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