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Bank of New Hampshire Provide STEM Invention Kits for New Hampshire Students

Concord, NH – Dec. 2, 2015 – The Academy of Applied Science, leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational program administration since 1963, announced the collaboration of Bank of New Hampshire and Topcoder to sponsor Young Inventors’ Program® Kits for 150 Riddle Brook Elementary School students in Bedford, NH, who would otherwise not have the supplies to participate in the progressive STEM learning opportunity. The Young Inventors Program (YIP) is a nationally recognized program that integrates with the school curriculum and is taught annually by teachers applying critical STEM concepts to advance learning through the creative invention process.

“The Academy of Applied Science appreciates Bank of New Hampshire and Topcoder’s support of early hands-on STEM programming in our schools,” said Nicole MacMillan, Director of the Young Inventors’ Program at the Academy of Applied Science. “The Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary of introducing the invention process to 6,000 students annually and has made true impact with 70 percent of these young learners going on to pursue other STEM programs. Support like this from the business community is integral in making this possible.” 

Topcoder and Bank of New Hampshire will sponsor six YIP Kits that each serve 25 students. Each kit contains the materials and resources necessary to implement the program for the current school year, such as display boards, awards and student inventor journals. In early 2016, Riddle Brook School, like many others across the country will host a school YIP invention convention to identify the top submissions that advance to the Regional Invention Convention on March 26, 2016.

“Topcoder is proud to support the Bedford School District’s effort to offer extraordinary learning opportunities to students, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Michael Morris, General Manager for Topcoder, an Appirio company. “The Academy of Applied Science empowers teachers with tools to inspire students to enter STEM careers. Topcoder looks forward to seeing the creative ideas generated from the students of Riddle Brook Elementary.”

Kids excited about STEM grow up to choose STEM careers.

An increasing number of jobs at all levels—not just for professional scientists—require knowledge of STEM[1]. Getting students engaged in the elementary grades is an important foundation that can stimulate students’ interest in taking more science courses in middle school and high school and, possibly, in pursuing STEM disciplines and careers.

“We are deeply rooted in the communities we serve and value inspiring students to be creative thinkers, especially in STEM areas,” said Vickie Routhier, Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Banking and Marketing Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “Teachers and schools that add the YIP project-based hands-on learning experience lead youth in the creation of not only their own invention, but also in discovering an aptitude and passion for STEM.”

About the Academy of Applied Science

Founded in 1963, the Academy of Applied Science (AAS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of fueling the spark of genius by exciting today’s youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). AAS administers a range of programs that encourage students from Kindergarten through college to learn how to apply scientific knowledge to the benefit of everyday life through research and innovation.  Regardless of the program, the ultimate objective is to make these youths a respected member of the scientific community and provide continuing encouragement to pursue a STEM career.

About Bank of New Hampshire

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and one of the largest independent banks in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit

About Appirio

Appirio is a global services company that helps customers innovate and win in the new cloud economy. As the leader in enterprise crowdsourcing, we deliver unmatched customer value by combining the world’s top talent with a unique cloud services platform. Our platform harnesses the power of one of the world’s largest crowdsourcing communities, thousands of ready to deploy assets, and leading cloud, industry, and technical experts, to help our customers drive competitive advantage. Appirio is a trusted partner to some of the world’s largest brands, including Cardinal Health, Coca-Cola, eBay, Facebook, Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, Moen, and Sony Playstation.

[1]  Lacey, T.A., and Wright, B. (2009). Occupational employment projections to 2018. Monthly Labor Review, 132(11), 82-123. Available at:

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