This past summer Skyline College opened the doors of its Base 11 Innovation Center and Fabrication Laboratory to high school students for a Summer Engineering Camp!

On July 10, 2017 students 13-17 years old came from high schools across the local Bay Area and went through a 5-week camp where they learned how to engineer prototype designs using 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics and CAD tools, while learning skills for entrepreneurship with product marketing lesson modules provided by Base-11.

Inspired by the Base-11 STEM Entrepreneur Accelerators curriculum, the camp was geared towards youth to pursue a STEM field with the basis of having an entrepreneurial mind set – and to develop products that will better serve the community.

The camp also included a tour of San Francisco State University’s Engineering Program and a visit to Autodesk gallery– a company whose software has been used as a tool of innovation globally for creative advancements in construction, urban planning, entertainment, and technology.

The camp was led by adjunct Engineering Faculty Maryam Khan, Fabrication Laboratory Lab Technician Marco Wehrfritz, BAEC faculty member Terri Wade and Student Support Specialist Jenny Le, who all contributed immense efforts to pilot this program and engage the students for success!

With special thanks to Skyline College’s partnership with Base-11, contributions from our Vice President’s office, and support from Skyline College’s Science Math and Technology Division, the students left with newer skills and sparked interest in engineering, technology and rapid prototyping. The Engineering Program at Skyline College plans to run the camp again and continue efforts to influence bright and young minds to pursue a future as creative makers and entrepreneurs.

Article by Maryam Khan

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