Snap The Gap Kicks Off With Walt Disney Elementary School

Last week, we held our first ever Snap The Gap kickoff event with Walt Disney Elementary School at Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel.

 
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The event brought together 50 fifth-grade girls and ~25 local mentors (Walt Disney Elementary staff, parents, and volunteers) to engage in hands-on-learning and discover the power of STEM though invention and creativity.

The session started with an inspirational speeches by Ayah Bdeir, littleBits founder and CEO, and Elissa Margolis, SVP, Enterprise Social Responsibility at The Walt Disney Company.

 
 

Then, the girls and mentors got busy inventing with littleBits.

 
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The moment of “wow” when you build your first circuit!

The moment of “wow” when you build your first circuit!

 

Girls with Snap The Gap STEM Kits created & customized their own stuff protectors

 
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Girls with Snap The Gap MUSIC Kits invented Air Drums, Keytars, and mixed many a beat.

 
 

We saw amazing teamwork! Curiosity drove discovery, and girls and mentors taught each other new things along the way.

 
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The event wrapped up with a discussion around mentorship with Beth Broome, Senior Advisor to the Provost for STEM Strategy at UC Davis, and a few words from Frank Donovan, Superintendent of the Magnolia School District

 
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No Disney event is complete with out a special surprise! Disney gave each girl two tickets to Disney California Adventure Park and encouraged them to explore the STEM-related interactions created Disney Imagineers.

 
 

Huge thanks to the Disney team, UC Davis, littleBits, and the Magnolia School District for making this event a success. More to come!

 
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