Fernie’s toolbox creates toy cars that have added technology allowing the toys to unlock learning media. We provide an innovative platform that combines digital and physical play. Our products are learning tools designed to foster and peak early interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The learning tools are toy cars with tangible plastic technology that connect to a digital platform where users are introduced to elementary principles of STEM subject areas via a video library.

Our learning tools will comprise learning targets in pre-college engineering fields. Our curriculum incorporates learning targets established by Next Generation Science Standards.

The ultimate goal of our early venture is to become the market leader of products incorporating tangible to digital interactions in the educational technology industry....
Fernie’s toolbox creates toy cars that have added technology allowing the toys to unlock learning media. We provide an innovative platform that combines digital and physical play. Our products are learning tools designed to foster and peak early interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The learning tools are toy cars with tangible plastic technology that connect to a digital platform where users are introduced to elementary principles of STEM subject areas via a video library.

Our learning tools will comprise learning targets in pre-college engineering fields. Our curriculum incorporates learning targets established by Next Generation Science Standards.

The ultimate goal of our early venture is to become the market leader of products incorporating tangible to digital interactions in the educational technology industry.
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Dawn Birkland

Fernando has been working with the UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies on his STEMgineering Education Products startup idea for the past two years now. He has participated in the UIC Startup Challenge twice (once in 2015 and once in 2016). Over the past years, we have seen Fernando develop and grow his idea, as well as mature as an entrepreneur. As a professional, he is clearly committed to education; and personally, it is very clear that he wants to make a difference in his own community by providing educational opportunities and innovation. Fernando has taken advantage of every opportunity provided to him, both through the UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and our UIC Startup Challenge - and also through external resources in Chicago (he is doing a summer internship through the Chicago Innovation Exchange in the summer of 2016).

If chosen for the Intel Education Accelerator, I am confident that Fernando will work hard and take full advantage of this opportunity.