Base 11 is a non-profit outreach organization that was created to unite America’s high-potential, low-resource students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities. Its goal is to connect employers, academic institutions, and entrepreneurial opportunities with students who have demonstrated interest and talent, but lack access and resources to fulfill their maximum potential. The program offers three tracks to its students: academic-year internships and paid summer fellowships, a STEM entrepreneur program and a workforce development program. Success is defined in three categories: admission to a four-year college in a STEM related field; STEM-related employment; or creation of a STEM-related business.
UCI is the third University in the US to launch a Base11 Summer Academy. This summer, School of Engineering and IDMI staff led a carefully selected cohort of community college students through a full-immersion, 8 week-long in-residence program aimed at designing, building and flying remote-controlled quadcopters. Students learned about design methodology, aerodynamics, propulsion, and of course advanced manufacturing. The academy was a great success, and will be offered every summer.
Stay tuned for additional base11/IDMI programs to kick off soon!!