Shannon Varcoe graduated from Lehigh University in 2015 with a B.S. Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) with concentrations in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship, also at Lehigh. Shannon was a member of the first cohort of students in the LaunchBayC accelerator through the Mountaintop Experience summer research program. At Mountaintop, she focused on developing the business around a wooden building toy she invented. Shannon wants to empower kids of all ages to recognize their creative problem solving and intellectual potential through well-designed products and toys that develop these important skills. Her first product, ZYX Building Sticks will launch in May 2016 on Kickstarter.