The Lauren Foundation

Last week, we lost someone very special to us - a beautiful human being and a brilliant maker. Lauren Voisin was only 15, but in that short time she shared her dreams, her passions and her hunger for knowledge with people from all over the world.

At the age of eight, a wide-eyed young Lauren started Robots Are Fun alongside her sister Ashley. Lauren and her family had been actively involved in the maker community, including events like MakeFashion and MakerFaire.

Lauren was also a proud member of the STEAM Squad, a group of teenage girls that met online through Twitter, Instagram, etc. They created this group to be a team, to cheer their teammates on, to support each other, and overall, they try to get other kids involved in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

To honor Lauren's wishes, her family and some of her mentors who cherished Lauren and her creative spark are coming together to create a fund to help young makers bring their ideas to life; whether it is helping build a prototype or finding mentorship, more details to come as the foundation is developed.

In this very emotional time, in lieu of sharing grief, the family has asked that everyone focus on inspiring stories and happy memories from their interactions with Lauren. A memorial website for The Lauren Foundation is being built to collect these tales to recall how a young girl was able to create positive change in the world.  Please visit The Lauren Foundation website to share your story.

As a community we can keep her memory alive.


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