BlueStamp is unparalleled in what it offers. It’s a program that wants to teach students how to succeed on their own, solve problems, learn what failure tastes like, and how to embrace that failure.
Each student (ages 13-18) selects a project he/she is passionate about which they keep, instilling a love for engineering. Each student creates their own webpage on the BlueStamp website, a source of documentation they can later use to showcase personal achievements to colleges and employers.
Students learn what it’s like to complete a real engineering project before attending college. Projects, tools, and equipment are similar to those used by universities and engineering companies. All projects involve the complete design cycle, with all the challenges, pitfalls, and rewards. Students can use program to prepare for technical clubs in high school/college.
Students find failure to be a stepping stone, not an end destination. Students hear from professionals to understand the many career options that exist for engineers and entrepreneurs. Students gain an understanding of the daily tasks a design engineer faces.
This question has plagued the founders of BlueStamp throughout their educational careers and was the personal motivation in creating BlueStamp. The best way to learn was to offer a real world experience in technology.
After College and throughout our careers, we have found that customers want something very simple: high value products that work at a competitive cost. BlueStamp replicates this aspect of the global marketplace to give students the most relevant and useful education possible. The BlueStamp team looks forward to working with students every summer as they develop passions in a challenging and exciting atmosphere!
BlueStamp accepts applications under a rolling admissions format. Classes fill up quickly—early applications are strongly encouraged.
Enrollment capacity is limited in order to maintain the 3:1 student to instructor ratio. Selected students and their parent/guardian/teachers are invited to interview with our staff to talk about the program and their interests.
Fundraising opportunities, payment plans, and need-based financial assistance is available.
Admitted students then start brainstorming project ideas with the BlueStamp staff!
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Within the first hour of the first day, BlueStamp students are in front of tools building their starter project. By the end of the first week, they will have built, tested, understood, and documented their starter project with a video.
Because projects are selected before the program even begins, all of the required parts are waiting for the students when they arrive. They can dive right into tutorials, discussions with the staff, strategic planning, or whatever other direction best fits their project.
Since each student creates a unique project, each student has the opportunity to face a unique path. Some students spend weeks writing code, others have to bounce between electronics, mechanics, and 3D modeling to get their project to work. The idea > test > fail > analyze iteration can be challenging, but our experienced staff is there to help and the sense of accomplishment is second to none.
As with any new engineering project, the end point is difficult to predict. As soon as students complete their ‘minimum viable product,’ they are allowed to customize their project. Some students take their RC tank and make it autonomous thanks to GPS and a compass. Others redesign the mechanical system to be totally custom. Students are designing, creating, and learning until the very last day.
Throughout the engineering process, students will document their projects continually and with 3 milestone check-in videos. The documentation will reside on this site with the student learning to create their own wordpress portfolio page. This portfolio page will serve as their living journal, recording their successes and failures during the projects.
At the end of the 6 weeks – students will be able to use this portfolio page as a college admissions resource for their top schools. Past BlueStamp students have found their pages to be of great value when interviewing with college recruiters. These webpages are always mentioned when we write recommendations to support our alumni.
Each student gets to present at our Showcase Night where parents, teachers, donors, and friends are invited to socialize over refreshments before seeing the formal presentations.
This is an investment in your child’s future, not just a summer program. The BSE program has three main goals beyond the actual prototype experience.
College planning is a stressful time for students who are unclear about which path of study they want to pursue. This summer program is a great opportunity for them to test the waters of engineering, prior to investing in a college education. It is difficult to truly understand what a career in engineering or technology is like through conventional experiences that rely on lectures and textbooks. Therefore, the opportunity to be with peers who have the same thirst for real life engineering work, make a summer at BSE memorable.
I again cannot thank you enough for jump-starting my engineering career and helping me achieve the skills and confidence to be where I am today, attending my dream school. I always say “it all started at BlueStamp.” –Scott M.
Some students who use public transportation to get to BSE find that it is similar to commuting to their summer job. The total time commitment, instead of being a burden, gives a sense of seriousness to the work. It can be another step towards your child seeing themselves as independent with expectations and responsibilities.
A summer at BlueStamp Engineering provides a space and time that is set apart from the everyday. They will learn skills that they can carry with them to college and the workplace. Your child will be supported and guided by professional engineers as co-workers. We will treat them with respect for their desire to work on a project like an engineer. It will be a summer of problems and the solutions, which they will explore and discover. In the past six years we have seen that our summer program can be a time for them to see what they are truly capable of accomplishing when its something they really want to see come to completion.
A great way to get a feel for the program is by checking out the work of previous students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to chat with parents and talk about BSE!
Robin Mansukhani & David Young