The Innovators began the day in Cambridge. Those who participated in activities at the Koch Institute switched over to the MIT Media Lab, and vice-versa. A balanced curriculum is vital to the goals of the Richi Innovation Camp!

Afterwards, the Innovators gathered for a session called Awakening Vocations. The Innovators are at the cusp of deciding which career path they will take. Will it be in the life sciences, or in engineering? Within each of these subsets, will they choose to be a civil engineer or a chemical one? Do they want to engage in biological research or become a doctor? And if they do become a doctor, will they be a pediatrician or a surgeon? If they do engage in research, will they focus on drug development or genetic enhancement?

Narrowing down a career can be a challenging and near-impossible task, but today, the Innovators had a session with Lauren Celano, the CEO of Propel Careers. She helped them determine their interests and potential as well as the things to consider when choosing a vocation—and, on that note, the things not to consider.

The Innovators with Lauren Celano

The Innovators with Lauren Celano

The Innovators with Erik Rocheford

The Innovators with Erik Rocheford

Next, they met with Erik Rocheford for a lecture on networking. One of the most crucial components to any career is networking, or the ability to make solid, lasting, professional relationships. Very few jobs are hired through a blind application, especially those that are more advanced (and, in the same vein, more prestigious and better-paying). To grow a career successfully, you must network. Keep in touch with old bosses and coworkers, go to conferences and events, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times in the workplace!

The Innovators hard at work as they code their robots!

The Innovators hard at work as they code their robots!

After lunch, the Innovators gathered at Suffolk for a continuation of their robot program. Yesterday, they built their robots, and today, they learned how to code them with the help of Coding With Kids! Coding With Kids is a program that has helped hundreds of schools and children across the country establish clubs and teach curious young minds how to program. Coding is an incredibly helpful skill, especially for those who seek a career in the STEAM industries.

Emerson Monks