"We want these kids to come away and be inspired," said Robert Ortiz, the Foundation's Program Manager. "We want them to think about the world in a different way. We want them to think about solving problems in a way they don’t think about in class."
"It was exciting to be in one place and also in a virtual reality and competing with all these other players," said 7th grader Brian Mosqueda. He was one of many volunteers who got a chance to try the bike and the app out.
"It was really hard," said 5th grader Robert Smith. "I have never started sweating that quick." But the experience also inspired Robert to consider a career in business.
"I’m starting to think I want to be an entrepreneur. It looks really fun and when I grow up maybe I can make a lot more money and I can donate some to charity."
Dr. Carolyn Williams says all the activities are designed to challenge students brains but especially connect with their hearts.
"From the heart you do things that you really like and you feel good about, and really want others to get into. That’s what we want kids to feel relative to education - to take it 'from the heart.' Because from that you have a passion and when you have a passion about something it goes a long way."