BSE was designed to be for the student and by the student. Put more simply, BSE strives to offer students a program where they can select a project they feel passionate about making and provides them both the physical tools and instruction to make their dream project come to life.
The program is offered in two formats during the summer:
6 weeks in Palo Alto, CA. See the “Programs” page for dates, tuition, and application info.
Custom schedules may also be requested at the time of the interview (i.e. 2-5 weeks or full days in place of half days)
Multiple 3 week sessions (start dates vary). The remote program is attended via Zoom with a private discord channel and is available to any incoming or current high school student both in the U.S. and abroad. See the “Programs” page for dates, tuition, and application info.
Absolutely! You will work with your lead instructor before the program begins to pick a project you are passionate about. Your projects are ready on day 1 and you will start building within the first hour! BSE offers a project book with over 100+ curated projects to choose from broken down by difficulty and type (i.e. robotics, coding, hardware, electronics, mechanical, 3d printing, internet of things, etc.). If none of those 100 projects catch your eye, then you are free to propose your own “student defined project” (SDP). Our goal is simply for you to build something you love!
The cost of the in-person program is $4,600 for the standard 6 week program. All parts, tools, equipment, instruction included.
The cost of the remote program is $2,000 for the standard 3 weeks program. All parts, tools, equipment, instruction included.
All projects students make are theirs to keep forever.
BlueStamp Engineering offers financial aid to those who qualify. You can review the financial aid application here.
Yes, if accepted. Second year students build even more challenging projects in their second year. They also have the option of forming a group and focusing their project on competitions and showcases.
BSE is open to all current (freshman through senior) or incoming (current eighth graders) high school students. Past being in or about to enter high school, BSE does not consider age when making admissions decisions. However, admissions standards are the same across the board. Typically, there is an even distribution of age at BSE.
While it is certainly a tricky choice, BSE’s is unique in that is a focused solely to be hands on, project building. We don’t have homework or tests, and there is no textbook. We do have in class discussions where we gives students a starter guide to specific engineering tasks they will face (i.e. how to build a circuit, coding, etc.) but we are not here to lecture! BSE provides you with an independent, self-driven work environment where you get to build, create, and keep a project you are passionate about. Typically BSE style projects offer the greatest challenge and have no predetermined stopping point. We encourage our students to continue building, modifying, and improving their project to their liking all the way until the last day.
BlueStamp accepts applications under rolling admissions until all seats are filled. Please note that applicants are interviewed prior to receiving an admission decision. Since applicants are interviewed as their applications are received, we recommend that students apply as early as possible.
No Problem! You have a few options. With prior approval, you can attend a portion of the program (i.e. 2-5 weeks) or do full days to make up any missed time (staying for both am and pm section). For shorter programs, tuition is typically prorated. Please note on your application if you would like to do a modified schedule and we will work with you to make it happen.
Yes! We have a paid Jr. TA position that is an excellent transition from student to staff. The position is filled by a former BSE student while still in high school. Upon entering college, BSE will invite previous students to apply to be full instructors.
Each BSE section is led by an electrical engineer, computer engineer, mechanical engineer, and Junior Instructor (previous BSE student). The student to staff ratio is roughly 3:1.
Claudia is an engineer and educator passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences through hands-on building. She graduated from MIT with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Media Studies. Claudia was a Lab Instructor for MIT’s Introduction to Making class and worked at STEM From Dance, designing projects to introduce engineering to students.
After working full-time as a mechanical engineer at Microsoft and then at Astranis, she decided to return to her love for education and join the BlueStamp team. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, tinkering around on various engineering projects, and volunteering as a high school physics tutor.
Michell Medellin is a Texas girl, born and raised. Michell is the Program Director at BlueStamp Engineering. She has a degree in Marketing from University of North Texas, a Digital Marketing Certificate from SMU and is currently completing a Graphic Design certificate at SMU. She is an avid learner and firmly believes education is the path to a brighter future.
She enjoys helping students navigate the opportunities ahead of them that will propel their passion, career and life to a new level. She’s worked with middle school students at KIPP, with college students at the Art Institute of Dallas and at Parker Chiropractic University. At BlueStamp she works with high school students helping them navigate the enrollment process from application to completion of the program.
Robin Mansukhani is CEO and Co-founder of Deciduous Therapeutics, a biotech company that develops novel therapies to treat diseases of aging. Previously, Robin was CEO and Cofounder of Alzeca Biosciences, a biotech company focused on developing an early-stage diagnostic technology for Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to his position at Alzeca Biosciences, Robin co-founded several companies in renewable energy and biotech. Robin has traveled the country lecturing on technology entrepreneurship, most recently at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Robin has served a term in AmeriCorps, volunteered with MindsMatter (an academic mentoring program for low-income students), and provided mentorship to Thiel Fellows. Robin holds a BS in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters, and an indefatigable dog.