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In Defense of The Teen Passion Project

In Defense of The Teen Passion Project 1366 795 Lloyd Nimetz

New York Magazine recently published a scathing cover article titled, Inventing the College Applicant, that harmfully frames teen passion projects as an inauthentic tactic used by rich teens to get into top colleges. This post is a defense of the teen passion project. When done for the right reasons, it is an effective educational model for teens.

💡 Spikes can be an antidote to the toxic achievement culture felt by teens

💡 Spikes can be an antidote to the toxic achievement culture felt by teens 600 586 Lloyd Nimetz

In his 2023-24 back-to-school message, our founder shares about how spikes are becoming more common for teens in high-achieving communities and are starting to get recognized, if done right, as a way to protect teens from the toxicity of high achievement culture – to become “healthy achievers”.

Spike Lab’s Class of 2023: College Acceptances & Spikes

Spike Lab’s Class of 2023: College Acceptances & Spikes 1000 1000 Theo Wolf

Congratulations to our Class of 2023! We celebrate our Spike Founders’ college results, notable Spikes, and significant growth milestones. 

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Join the Spike Foundations Program and Activate Your Entrepreneurship DNA in Four Weeks!

Join the Spike Foundations Program and Activate Your Entrepreneurship DNA in Four Weeks! 1200 628 Natasha Chou

The Spike Foundations Program is a four-week intensive innovation-entrepreneurship BootCamp that aims to help teens between the age of 13 and 17 develop entrepreneurship and executive skills. You will be working with Larry, Spike Lab’s co-founder, and Daniel, a startup coach from Silicon Valley, to design and build a product in four weeks’ time.

Spike Lab’s Class of 2022: College Acceptances & Spikes

Spike Lab’s Class of 2022: College Acceptances & Spikes 1000 1000 Xueying Chen

Congratulations to our Class of 2022! We celebrate our Spike Founders’ college results, notable Spikes, and significant growth milestones. 

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Teaching Kids Gratitude (Why It Leads to Success)

Teaching Kids Gratitude (Why It Leads to Success) 1000 1000 Larry Liu

In our Spike Coaching program, gratitude is a key marker of whether a student will launch a successful Spike project. This trend speaks to the necessity of teaching kids gratitude. We include tips on how parents can cultivate this trait in their teens.

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs: What Makes Spike Lab Different

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs: What Makes Spike Lab Different 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

Are you a teen who wants to a business? Or become an innovator? In this article, I’ll describe the unique benefits of learning entrepreneurship in high school, highlight the beliefs that set Spike Lab apart, and shout out a few other notable programs.

Coach Profiles: Introducing Sonia Garcia

Coach Profiles: Introducing Sonia Garcia 1000 1000 Theo Wolf

An entrepreneur, designer, and engineer, Sonia is passionate about the application of human-centered design (HCD) and technology to improve quality of life.…

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Self-Motivation For Students & How Parents Can Help

Self-Motivation For Students & How Parents Can Help 1000 1000 Larry Liu

Self-motivation can be hard for students to build and maintain. How can they practice motivation as a skill? How can parents support them?

The Importance of Self-Reflection for Students With Ambition

The Importance of Self-Reflection for Students With Ambition 1000 1000 Larry Liu

The importance of self-reflection for students appears in both a Spike project and colleges applications. But how do you cultivate this skill that is essential for lifelong learning and success?

Sixteen Kid Entrepreneurs Dazzle During Pitch Night

Sixteen Kid Entrepreneurs Dazzle During Pitch Night 940 788 Lloyd Nimetz

This article showcases the Spike pitches of sixteen kid entrepreneurs who recently finished our inaugural Young Innovators Program, in partnership with the New Jersey professional chapter of the famous African American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

The Spike Lab successfully completed 1st Young Innovators Program for Alpha Kappa Alpha students

The Spike Lab successfully completed 1st Young Innovators Program for Alpha Kappa Alpha students 940 788 Lloyd Nimetz

Our first pro bono Young Innovators Program with the famous African American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, was a success! Learn more about how this workshop serial version of our 1:1 Spike Coaching program develops teen entrepreneurs.