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New STEM Education Start-Up Launches Kickstarter Campaign

A new start-up called techJOYnT recently announced it will launch a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter.com on Wednesday, February 17.

"The start-up company is looking to raise $50,000 to be able to bring 12 new programs in 2015 to schools in the area," reports Edmondsun.com. "The goal of this campaign is to reach kids wherever they are; to bring STEM education to all students."

The programs offered by techJOYnt will aim to provide more "scientific and technology activities to kids in Oklahoma and neighboring states." Each program will offer eight weeks at a total of 16 hours for up to 25 students. The program costs $4,000, and with 12 potential programs, the crowd funding goal is $50,000.

"If the campaign goal is reached, techJOYnt will be able to provide 192 hours of STEM classes to 300 students," Edmondsun.com reports.

The company's CEO Ray Shaik expects to grow investor confidence with this campaign. "As a social enterprise in the education field, we are looking to maximize our reach, which is why we are using crowd funding, because small donations by a large number of people will help us provide STEM education to students that need it, no matter where they are."

The Kickstarter was launched on February 17, and has a total of 24 days to be complete. As of writing, it currently has 8 backers with a total of $402.

On the official Kickstarter page, techJOYnT describes their purpose: "We offer after-school programs to schools in Oklahoma, with classes in Game Design, Electronics, App Development, and Robotics. We also have a location in Oklahoma City where individual students can come in and learn those activities with our instructors a few days a week. We teach kids between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. We also participate in scientific competitions such as Botball or Video Game Challenge."

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By Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor

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