When we first met Logix Learning in early 2011, the (then) Sartell-based startup had just rolled-out a STEM tool for high school educators and learners called GAME:IT — designed to teach basic level computer programming and core game development skills to students.
Simple and straightforward, STEM education is undeniably a pain point in our society (especially within Minnesota).
Logix Learning was eventually forced to change it’s name to STEM Fuse due to trademark infringement, but meanwhile the company also moved out of Minnesota, relocating to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Why?
CEO and founder Carter Tatge spoke earlier today at the EduTech 2012 Showcase and Forum, explaining how STEM Fuse had grown to serve 300 schools across 3 countries and 30 different states. Afterwards, we talked one on one about the very personal decision to move his company (and family) to South Dakota.
“I had a hard time finding investors when we were starting…but when I called South Dakota, things moved quick. [Additionally] when we were talking with the Minneapolis Public School system, I even offered to give it to them for free, but couldn’t ever get a response from them. South Dakota just wanted to get the product into their schools and over a year later I still haven’t heard back from Minneapolis. We have a passion to improve STEM education, but Minneapolis just didn’t work.”