The high school girls behind an eco-friendly, hands-free wooden smartphone stand designed to capture and amplify sound using reclaimed wood have been invited to an international competition next month.
Their product, dubbed Recycled Sounds, flowed from Steminists, a 16-week pilot project in Kamloops between Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) and Arrow Transportation to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics — commonly referred to as STEM — to high school girls.
The Kamloops team has now been selected by JA Canada to represent the country in JA Americas Company of the Year Competition in Lima, Peru, from Nov. 25 to 28.
During a five-month span, the team self-funded, produced and sold 110 speakers online, through community and retail contracts and in pop up shops.
Program co-ordinator Kara Wright said the girls came up with the idea from their “collective desire to watch Netflix in bed on our smartphones hands-free.”
At the competition in Peru, students from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean will present the results of their enterprise and learning experience and appear before a panel of independent judges, which will determine company performance based on competition criteria.
Recycled Sounds was chosen to represent Canada by a panel of judges that assessed submissions on several criteria, including innovation and the three P’s — people, planet and profit — said Karen Gallant, vice-president of programs and charter services at JA Canada.
While the not-for-profit association is covering the costs of transportation and accommodation to Peru, the Kamloops team is fundraising for additional expenses, including flights to Vancouver from Kamloops, vaccines and medical insurance.
JABC is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.