“This is a bridge I want you to cross—and have a good time crossing over it. It’s going to change your life.”
T.D. Jakes Foundation
.…welcoming students to the foundation’s third annual STEAM Academy program earlier this month.
Bishop Jakes shared the message above with 386 high school students attending in person or virtually from 24 U.S. states and eight countries as far away as South Africa and the United Kingdom.
He was welcoming the students to the T.D. Jakes Foundation’s third annual STEAM Academy, a free, two-week immersive “hackathon” that challenged students from age 14 to 18 to solve complex problems
Presented in early June by the Dallas Mavericks and powered by Goldman Sachs, the hackathon enabled students to work alongside Goldman Sachs engineers as they navigated the engineering process. They were guided on how to ideate, prototype an idea, and communicate with impact.
Today the foundation announced the hackathon’s six winners. Participating together as Team Flourish, the winning Dallas-area high school students are Caleb Cox, 15, Gabriel Crutchfield, 18, Savannah Crutchfield, 17, Katelyn Demars, 15, Ju-Sky Dunn, 14, and Alan Samineedi, 16. The team, which competed against four other top groups, developed an app to help people with mental illness get the help they need.
“I actually didn’t even know what engineering was until I joined,” said Caleb Cox of Cedar Hill. “But now that the program is over and we won, I think I might give engineering a try.”
The winners get free tickets to a Mavs game, compliments of Goldman Sachs. Along with all the other participating students, they also got good advice from Goldman Sachs Co-Chief Information Officer George Lee.
“Regardless of your career, your job is going to become a tech job,” Lee told the students. “If you want to build code and write software—that’s awesome—if not, you still need to know how this world works. The language of tech is going to make you successful no matter what you do.”
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