Tech Night at an insurance company was not directed at students knowing how to code, but to entice students to find out more by taking the marshmallow challenge.

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When Unum hosted its seventh annual Tech Night for high school students in downtown Chattanooga, they had a distinct goal. “The goal of Tech Night is to target kids who may have aptitude for an IT job, but not the interest,” said Michael Weiss, manager of Unum’s innovation center.

140 high school students had the opportunity to visit different booths, and speak with employees who told them about their jobs.  They also got the chance to navigate a Segway like scooter with an iPad position at the top, from a laptop.

Organizers randomly teamed up students for the marshmallow challenge.  The marshmallow was atop a tower the students constructed of spaghetti, string, masking tape and a paper bag.  The team to raise the marshmallow highest was the winner.

“I’m not a fan of coding, but I do enjoy robotics,” said 10th grader Noah Pierce, who enjoyed Tech Night. “The booths were really neat. It’s a real good experience to get to do this.”

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