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Dhruv is doing a great job at democratizing STEM awareness. He is bringing in the right speakers who are in the industry and share real life experiences. His efforts needs to be appreciated and socialized to make a positive impact to the society. I wish him all the best and support in his endeavors.
- Harish G., IL
As an educator in an Arboretum who works with youth volunteers, I think that this website and the STEM presentations here are invaluable for students thinking about their career or college paths! We were thrilled to have a member of our research staff from The Morton Arboretum present recently, and the story of her career path and insights into some of the science behind her work were wonderful. Looking forward to more great work!
- Laura K., Youth & Family Programs Coordinator at The Morton Arboretum, IL
Thank you Open Gears for providing a platform for students to interact with professionals from STEM field. This is a great place to learn what is takes to go through a career path without reinventing the wheel!!
- Lakshmy G., IL
The webinar hosted by Open Gears featuring Dhruv Bhargava was a great opportunity for students to hear valuable advice and information from someone in the Cybersecurity field. All students interested in Computer Science, or just considering their options after high school. Thank you for hosting this event!
- Alyssa S., Computer Science Teacher at Metea Valley High School
Open Gears is filling a crucial need for our high school students - connecting with the real world and gathering information for college and career planning - especially during this pandemic time. The 3/22 webinar was well planned with the right amount of time for presentation and questions, right level of communication before and after the event, and the right questions and audience. Thanks also for recording it for those who couldn't attend. It has been over a year since students have had a chance to in person shadow, intern, visit, or talk with STEM professionals or college students to learn about areas of interest for majoring in college or a career. Sometimes, these experiences spark an interest in an area that becomes a major and a career down the road. It is well documented that the informal learning that happens in webinars such as the 3/22 one, in camps, museums, and field trips, is as important as the formal learning that happens in STEM classrooms. I hope Open Gears will continue to provide this platform and the organized structure to connect students and parents with experts and college students. I myself learned many new things during the webinar yesterday that I was not aware of. Thank you for stepping up and taking the initiative to leverage the many talented people outside our schools to both deepen and broaden our high school students' perspectives and learning.
- Alka T., IL
The webinars organized by Open Gears was very helpful. As a parent of a middle schooler who is still trying to figure out on how to navigate the US education system, these webinars were very helpful. It helped me and my kid understand the opportunities that are available and what it took someone to be where they are today. Knowing and understanding how there likes, dislikes and experiences led to their profession today was interesting to hear. I think its really helpful for any parent or student who has little information or overwhelmed with too much information out there. I applaud and thank the organizer Dhruv for coming up with such an awesome idea and organizing it so well.
- Anitha P., IL
Open Gears has really improved my knowledge in STEM careers. I didn't realize how many careers I can peruse in the STEM field, before attending Open Gears. I am really into STEM and would love to learn about all the fields out there. Open Gears is such an awesome place to do so!
- Shruthi V., 8th Grade Student