Startup founder demonstrates importance of STEM entrepreneurship to elementary students

“Not many careers give you the freedom to unleash your creative potential.” -Scott Massey, CEO and Co-founder of Heliponix

Sarah Miller
May 15, 2018 · 7 min read
Scott Massey performs STEM demonstration to fourth through sixth grade STEM Club members at Our Lady of Providence Junior/Senior High School late March. (Image courtesy of Laura Swessel and Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School)
Scott Massey and his grandfather pictured in 2010. (Image courtesy of Scott Massey)
“Energy can be one of the most expensive components, if not the most expensive, of a completely indoor growing operation. This is a large part of the input costs of a labor efficient, completely indoor, growing operation,” from ‘How to Invest in Leafy-Green Indoor Agriculture.’

“…I realized the final frontier for agriculture was not farm-to-table, but farm-and-table…”

The Heliponix, formerly Hydro Grow, team winning the 30th Annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition February 28, 2017. (Image courtesy of Scott Massey)
Massey in college with one of the original GroPods. (Image courtesy of Scott Massey)

“It’s important that kids understand they have the power to solve problems their communities face; they don’t have to follow a traditional professional path to find success and better society. They have options. In fact, the tech-enabled world is changing so rapidly, it is not only important to be able to think about entrepreneurship, but it’s also critical if we are going to creatively solve global issues.”

Students listen to Scott Massey during STEM Demo Day at Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School. (Image courtesy of Laura Swessel and Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School)
The I-STEM Resource Network is a partnership of public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government, hosted by Purdue University. Learn more at www.istemnetwork.org
TechPoint Foundation for Youth ensures Indiana’s underserved K-12 students
have access to experiential learning opportunities
that inspire the pursuit of STEM careers. Learn more at www.techpointyouth.org
(Image courtesy of Laura Swessel and Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School)

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