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BloomBox in the Media

What is the best school in the world? TEDx Sofie Roux

TEDx Vancouver

"In her talk, Sofie is on a quest to answer the question "What is the best school in the world?" that began circulating during college applications in senior year of high school. The quest spans from rainy Vancouver, Canada across oceans to warehouses and workshops in South Africa to rural landscapes of Malawi."

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Their purpose is my purpose TEDx Sofie Roux

TEDx Crofton House School

"Exploring the possibility of sustainable IT facilities and empowering children worldwide.  This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community."

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Vancouver teen honoured for her work helping girls in Africa

Gordon McIntyre | 2021

"Sixteen-year-old Sofie Roux donated close to $100,000 she made through sales of her art."

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De Vancouver, aider de jeunes Africaines à recevoir une éducation

Radio-Canada | 2021

Une adolescente de 16 ans de Vancouver est la seule Canadienne à avoir reçu le Barron Prize, un prix américain qui célèbre les jeunes héros de la société. Sofie Roux consacre tout son temps libre depuis plus de dix ans à aider des filles africaines à recevoir une bonne éducation. « Les filles qui accomplissent leurs rêves, c'est mon plus gros rêve. »

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Canadian student boosts e-learning in Mulanje

Nation Online | 2022

"Mulanje district director of education, youth and sports Enock Chumachawo says newly-established computer laboratory at Milonga and Chambe secondary schools will boost education standards in the district."

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"Creating social change, one step at a time" This GL girl tells her story

Girls' Life Magazine | 2021

"Sofie Roux, 16, was only in pre-K when she decided she wanted to help girls in South Africa get the best education possible. Her's how she made her big dreams real—and how you can dream outside the box, too. "

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Life-changing technology in 2024: Human-Centered Innovations

Tech Times | 2023

n this dynamic landscape, innovative technology plays a pivotal role. Among the trailblazers is Sofie Roux, a 19-year-old visionary and CEO of BloomBox Design Labs. BloomBox Design Labs is on a mission to transform learning spaces through forward-thinking and sustainable design. These cutting-edge learning environments are not only adaptable but also accessible, providing high-quality education opportunities to students in Malawi. Collaborating with government ministries, NGOs, private sector partners, and the UNHCR, BloomBox Design Labs is scaling its impact by installing an impressive 70 additional BloomBoxes across Malawi.

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Young Social Impact Heroes: Why and How Sofie Roux Of BloomBox Design Labs Is Helping To Change Our World

Authority Magazine, Medium | 2023

Sofie Roux is the visionary Gen Z Founder & CEO of BloomBox Design Labs, transforming education through innovation. Sofie’s journey began long before her current sophomore status at Stanford University, where she studies civil engineering and architecture. It all started with “Sparkly and Smart,” an art enterprise that remarkably raised $300,000 to support girls’ education. Today, through her revolutionary BloomBoxes ingeniously crafted from repurposed shipping containers, she’s reshaping education in Malawi by crafting vibrant STEAM learning environments. Sofie’s accomplishments, underscored by her impressive achievements, reflect her unwavering commitment to women’s education. Her impactful work has earned her recognition and coveted speaking engagements at TEDx events, where she shares her inspiring story. Sofie’s mission is to make high-quality education accessible through powerful design. A true Gen Z leader, she advocates for change and is a beacon of hope.

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Inside the BloomBox: Reimagining Global Education with CEO Sofie Roux - My Favorite Mistake Ep. 236

Authority Magazine, Medium | 2023

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Thought Leaders LLC | 2023

When I started college at a school I had dreamed of attending since I was six, I was awestruck. This feeling was rapidly followed by the thought, “How will I ever measure up to this amazing place?”

I threw myself into my classes and work and clubs, but I often wondered if I was doing anything right. I soon learned that almost every college student experiences some form of imposter syndrome, “the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved.” I want to tell you what I learned about imposter syndrome this year — and especially how it can deeply affect young leaders.

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California Business Journal | 2023

It clicked for me then that well-designed spaces are an essential part of a student’s experience. I thought about this when I started grade 10 at my beautiful, all-girls school. Again, I saw that welcoming and well-equipped spaces for science and design learning could make a huge difference in the education of young people — especially for students who have never had access to these types of spaces and the opportunities they inspire.

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Success Made to Last | 2023

After 128 programs in 2023, our podcast of the year goes to Sofie Roux. Sofie is 19 years old and is wise for her age. Sofie has a "condition of the heart" that started with helping students in Malawi. How can a person use the tools they have to help others, especially those without electricity and basic needs? Sofie poses the question- how can we create and innovate to help the future world, especially for young women? Perhaps being significant starts with a design mentality.

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Department of Economic and Social Affairs | 2023

BloomBox Design Labs brings access to high-quality STEAM education to secondary schools without access to electricity or technology, including in rural and remote and off-grid environments. The BloomBox initiative uses a design thinking approach to create adaptive, modular, secure, solar-powered, state-of-the-art STEAM learning infrastructure. BloomBoxes are inviting, inclusive indoor-outdoor learning spaces, built from upcycled shipping containers with retractable solar roof systems, and equipped with digital multimedia educational resources that enable students to define and pursue their passions in STEAM fields. 

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