On March 21, Ambassador Rubin attended the opening of a three-day “makeathon”, hosted by the American College of Sofia and Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Bulgaria. The event brings together talented individuals to find technological solutions to specific challenges that people with disabilities face every day. Participants will have 72 hours to design prototypes of devices that help people with disabilities implement their ideas and improve their quality of life. “Regardless of the outcome, all of you should be proud to be a part of this effort to improve the lives of people with disabilities,” Ambassador Rubin said. Check out projects.tomglobal.org after March 24th to see this year’s TOM inventions. The designs, along with detailed production instructions, will be available for free download by the public. Learn about TOM Bulgaria at https://www.bulgaria.tomglobal.org/.
The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria supports a variety of STEM education programs, from teaching robotics to children at libraries throughout Bulgaria to sending Bulgarian students and teachers to Space Camp in the United States.