On January 20, 2016 NCCHS Career Pathway students met with over 20 mentors from Abbvie to “kick-off” the STEM challenge. This is the first time NCCHS has participated in this event which asks teams of students to create an innovation or system that will improve health literacy or overall wellness in the North Chicago Community. This challenge is made possible through the R&D STEM Learning Exchange which is part of Illinois Pathways, an initiative launched in 2012 to better prepare students to compete in the global economy. NCCHS is very excited about the Abbvie Foundation agreeing to be our corporate sponsor for this project. There will be 15 teams working to complete this challenge. 75 total students from the Healthcare Careers Pathway and Information Technology Careers Pathway will be working on solutions to this challenge throughout the 2nd semester. Students will communicate with their Abbvie Mentors through an online platform called the Mentor Match Engine. There will be an event planned in early May that will allow all 15 teams an opportunity to share their research, solution and data. In addition, the top team from the school will travel to Chicago on May 19, 2016 for the STEM challenge student showcase.