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Bluestamp Engineering

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New York, NY

Type of Program / Who can apply:
Academic Enrichment with a focus on Science and Engineering.


Program Dates:
June 24th – August 2nd, 2013


Program Overview:
BlueStamp Engineering (BSE) is a summer enrichment program for high school students to perform real world, hands on engineering in the areas they find most interesting. The primary goal for each BSE student is to build a working prototype of a project they find interesting (solar powered phone, wind turbine, etc.). Ideally, students will be able to showcase this project at college interviews and internship/job
interviews to best explain the type of extracurricular activities they are involved in. BSE students will also develop all supporting blueprints
of the project (source code, CAD drawings, etc.) that would be necessary to fully replicate the project. As BSE has a low student to instructor ratio, it is very likely that BSE instructors will be able to write a strong, personalized letter of recommendation for colleges and internships the student may apply to.

BlueStamp answers the question of “Why does it matter”? The BSE curriculum is centered on not only building a functional prototype, but
also understanding the relevance behind the product. For example, if a student builds a solar product, we will discuss how feasible this product is for the real world. If a student builds headphones, we will analyze how it would compete from a market perspective based on its performance and cost. In summary, BSE students not only build, they understand the value behind their projects. BlueStamp Engineering belongs to the student. BSE students build projects they find most interesting, within the allotted timeframe and the framework of
engineering. BSE is an opportunity for students to respond to the inner curiosity of “How does that work?”
BSE aims to closely replicate real world engineering. Therefore, BSE evaluation is not based on lectures, exams, or homework. Rather,
evaluation is based on a student’s ability to build, and subsequently showcase a functioning prototype (with all supporting blueprints),
accompanied by the ability to explain the design process and discuss its relevance in the real world. BSE students will be invited to discuss
their projects in a video that will be posted to the website.

Program Offering:
Once Accepted into the Program…
– …students will be provided with an information packet. A student will either select a project from the list of suggestions (A few
suggested projects for introductory, intermediate, and advanced) or come up with his/her own project. In either case, the student
will email the instructor a week before the first class describing their product idea. The student is expected to begin surfing the
net prior to the class to get an initial feel for its components and how to build it.

The First Day will focus on project definition. The instructor will go over the basic steps of designing a prototype and give students the
assignment of creating their own project milestones. The ability to meet or exceed the milestone requirements will be one measure of student’s success at the end of the semester. The students will then be given free range to work on creating their
project definitions, and then move to starting the design. The instructor and the TAs will then go from student to student for the remainder of the class verifying the students milestones, answering questions and discussing project approaches.

Classes After the First Day will begin with a brief discussion around each project (one project/class) and its importance – Why does this product matter to the world and why? There will also be a brief presentation by one student per class discussing their project and progress. The students will then be allotted ample time to continue working on their projects with the help of the instructors and to ask

Open Lab Sessions will have at least one instructor or TA present. This time is for students to use equipment that is not available at home to stay
on schedule. They are optional.

Final Documentation will be the only requirement of each project. A student must compile a portfolio complete with:
o Design documents such as Schematics, CAD files, and BOM. These documents are critical as they serve as the
foundation for engineering design.
o Photos and/or videos showing the device in action. Ultimately, engineers in the real world have to make products that
work. These videos will be evidence of real, functional products.
o An informal WordPress blog entry on the program’s website. We want our students to not only build products, but to
be able to discuss them with the world. Write, discuss, boast!

On the Last Day, parents will be invited to class where students will have the opportunity to show off their project in an informal expo setting.

Sample Schedule / Life on Campus / Extra Opportunities:
BlueStamp is a commuter-program, so students will travel back and forth to session every day. Session will likely be held at a classroom in
a local NY university starting early afternoon. It is highly suggested for a BlueStamp student to have a laptop computer. Most research will
be done online and all design work will be done on the computer.

Special Requirements:
There is no formal requirement, however, the student must be able to communicate clearly in English. A Skype interview may be requested to prove proficiency.


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