Perfect Sense supports YMCA's Thingamajig Invention Convention with bicycle donation


For the past three years, Perfect Sense and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington have partnered on a variety of initiatives. This summer, building on the success of its holiday bicycle donation, Perfect Sense employees came together to assemble bicycles in support of the YMCA’s 21st Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention

In early June, Perfect Sense employees set aside their work and picked up wrenches, screwdrivers, and air pumps to assemble 25 bikes. Over 30 employees teamed up to build them including Dave Townsend, a senior software engineer. “It was great to see the company come together to help an organization like the YMCA, and I was happy to be able to help,” he reflected.

YMCA // Albert Nimley

While the employees at Perfect Sense were hard at work building these bicycles, children throughout the D.C. area were busy dreaming up and manufacturing their own inventions.

On July 23, 4,000 children from Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. gathered at the Show Place Arena to participate in the Thingamajig Invention Convention. Thingamajig is an annual event held by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, encouraging kids of all ages to pair their imagination with science. With the goal of exposing and inspiring children through STEM, Thingamajig challenges creativity and problem solving skills. This year, kids competed in 13 contests such as building a robot capable of completing an every day task, creating a stop motion film, and constructing a chair entirely of cardboard. At the end of the event the winners of each contest received one of the new bikes provided by Perfect Sense.

YMCA // Albert Nimley

“Thingamajig was a huge success and a highlight of the summer for so many local children. We truly appreciate the ongoing support of Perfect Sense in providing these special opportunities for kids throughout the Washington Metropolitan area,” said Donielle Griffin of the YMCA.

Since 2013, the YMCA and Perfect Sense have worked together to provide unique opportunities for children. Earlier this summer, Perfect Sense provided scholarships to 35 children to attend sleep-away camp at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD. Additionally, Perfect Sense has provided over 50 tickets to local sporting events to YMCA families and staff throughout the year.

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Parker Ramsdell
Parker Ramsdell has been leading Brightspot's mission-related projects since July 2013. Drawing on a unique background in education, politics, and non-profits, Parker is dedicated to fulfilling Brightspot's mission to give back to the community through a variety of projects with local, national, and global organizations. Parker will be blogging about Brightspot's continued partnerships with Special Olympics, The First Tee, Troops First Foundation, YMCA of Greater Washington, and others.
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