In response to COVID-19, educational nonprofit organizations are quickly finding new ways to service their students.

Engineering Tomorrow, which was founded by engineers from Global Infrastructure Partners to increase the number of high school students who pursue engineering degrees (w/ an emphasis on females and minority populations), is taking their conference format where students gather to participate in hands-on breakouts led by high-level engineers using sophisticated equipment and transforming these breakouts into virtual “Instagram Challenges” for high school students.  In the “challenges,” students use materials they can find in their home as a substitute for large, and often expensive, lab equipment.  The “challenges” are fun, creative and educational, while also providing a platform for students to interact and compete during a time when they cannot be together in-person. Engineering Tomorrow also provides corresponding national standards-based virtual lesson plans to help teachers who are now under pressure to develop engaging online curriculum.

Contact Megan Barrett, Engineering Tomorrow Program Director, at