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SeaPerch Bellevue teammates Jia Wen Chan, Tanvi Rane and CJ Kindel. (StudentRND photo)

One day last week, my colleague John Cook and I took a break from the news to visit the headquarters of StudentRND, a technology development center for high-school and college students in Bellevue.

StudentRND LogoWe were captivated by their incredible vending machine (more on that in a future post) but the real reason we visited was to see demos of some of the top projects from the StudentRND Labs summer program.

All of the projects were inspiring — not only because of the problems they solved, but as a preview of the capabilities of the next generation of technologists. And today we’re pleased to announce that two of the StudentRND teams will be presenting their work on stage at next week’s GeekWire Summit.

One of the teams that will be presenting is Helpful Machines, consisting of students Noah Litov and Blaise Ritchie, who have developed a new device, called Calculatr, that aims to bring the traditional graphing calculator into the modern era. The other is SeaPerch Bellevue — students Jia Wen Chan, Tanvi Rane and CJ Kindel — who have put their own unique twist on a national robotic initiative to help middle-school students learn about science.

Edward Jiang, the StudentRND CEO, will join us on stage to introduce the projects, and Tyler Menezes, the StudentRND COO, will also be at the event.

This is part of our broader effort at the GeekWire Summit to shine a light on what’s next in technology. A big thanks to the StudentRND teams for taking the time to show their work. More details are available here for the Sept. 12 event, and we hope to see you next week!

Helpful Machines teammates Noah Litov and Blaise Ritchie. (StudentRND photo)
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