Pi515’s Jumbo Jenga Tournament set to take place November 2

Over 100 people registered to attend Pi515's first fundraising event at Fox Brewing in West Des Moines last year. Teams competed in a Jenga tournament and raised money throughout the evening.

Pi515 will hold their second fundraising event, the Jumbo Jenga Tournament Fundraiser, on Friday, November 2.

All fundraising and proceeds of the tournament go towards Pi515’s goal of educating at-risk and refugee students on STEM skills while advancing Iowa’s tech pipeline.

Pi515 offers at-risk students in Central Iowa computer science, coding and STEM programming paired with financial literacy and college prep.

“We’re asking these kids to compete in a world and expecting them to be successful and yet they don’t have the tools to succeed,” said Nancy Mwirotsi, founder and Executive Director of Pi515. “What we strive to do is make sure that any child who goes through our program learns tech skills, soft skills, job shadow with a company, and when they launch their product, they earn a computer.

Pi515 hosted the event for the first time last November and raised over $15,000. During the event,  Mwirotsi announced an initiative for Pi515 to recruit and introduce 100 new students to technology and have them able to develop a website in 2018.

Pi515 has already surpassed that goal and has recruited 116 new students so far this year, Mwirotsi told Clay & Milk.

Those attending can register as a team of four at a cost of $80 per team or can come and watch the tournament at $15 per person. Those unable to attend the event, but who would like to donate to Pi515, can do so here. The deadline to register is October 26.