About BlueStamp

We are a hands-on technology program for high school and middle school students.

We build really cool stuff from scratch.

HOW WE GOT STARTED

Blue robot hand with electrodes

Robin Mansukhani and Dave Young were both working in technology but continued to volunteer for mentoring or teaching programs. They came to see that these academic programs were not offering real-world experience in technology.

Robin and Dave kept hearing from their customers that they wanted technology that was simple – but created high-value products that work. They wondered why students weren’t learning in a way that could help them for future jobs in the technology industry.

So, they decided to create just such an experience. BlueStamp Engineering is a learning experience – with an emphasis on experience. There aren’t lectures, exams, or tests. Instead, the program helps students, tap into their motivation to learn by building. BlueStamp Engineering was created to teach the most relevant and useful technology to students through experiential learning.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Whether it’s our in-person summer program, remote summer program, or our remote after school program (Projects with Friends), we hold the same values in teaching students.

  • Create a fun program that instills a love of building.
  • Teach students skills by using industry tools.
  • Foster self-directed learning in students.
  • Have students ask why am I learning this.
  • Encourage students to innovate on their base project.
  • Promote self-advocacy and promotion of work.
  • Provide small student to staff ratios.
Student in safety glasses using tools

Our Founders

  • Robin Mansukhani
    Robin Mansukhani Co-founder

    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.

  • Dave Young
    Dave Young Co-founder

    Dave Young has 15 years of professional circuit design experience and currently operates Young Circuit Designs, a consulting firm that designs electronic products for start-ups from project definition through manufacturing. Dave holds an MSEE in Circuits and Signal Processing from Case Western Reserve University. Dave’s life-long love of teaching began in high school when he served as a camp counselor. In college, Dave was a circuits lab teaching assistant. Additionally, Dave held an Adjunct Faculty position at Colorado School of Mines teaching the senior design class.

Our Director

  • Jessie Contour
    Jessie Contour Director

    Jessie is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Immersive Media at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches courses in physical computing, game development, game design, technical art, creative technology, mixed reality, and innovation. Previously, Jessie worked with AAA video game studios, museums, educational programs, and startups. Within these fields, her focus was on creating interactive experiences for art, play, and education. Jessie has built digital tools for community engagement, designed a permanent exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History to teach children about earthquakes, and launched video games as part of a global team. Jessie holds an MFA in Design and Technology from the Parsons School of Design. In her spare time, Jessie competes in powerlifting at a national level and is the dungeon master for an ongoing D&D campaign.

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BlueStamp and COVID-19 Summer 2020 was fully remote and a huge success! We hope to offer both remote and in person programming for 2021! More Information