Senior Juan Carlos Murillo wins Challenge for Change competition
Juan Carlos Murillo, a visiting student from Tecnologico de Monterrey is one of five winners of the Microsoft Youth Spark Challenge for Change. Murillo’s project, Sin Miedo a la Corriente (Spanish for “no fear of current”), encourages young teens to study electronics and computer science before they enter high school. Murillo began the program in Monterrey, Mexico, where undergraduates volunteer to teach teenagers about electricity by working with electric motors, batteries and generators, for instance, in projects that encourage critical thinking and a do-it-yourself attitude. The $2,500 cash prize (and free Microsoft software) will help Murillo continue this work. At MIT, Murillo works with research advisor Professor John Williams.