From January 7th-11th, the IE Accelerator hosted its very first weeklong STEM camp! Local high school students participated in the makerspace’s 3D Printing and STEM Technology Camp where they received introductory lessons with 3D Pens, 3D printers, Cricut cutting machines, Arduinos and Raspberry Pi’s for programming and circuitry, as well as 3D modeling with software like Autodesk Fusion 360. Students also got to learn about robotics using Spheros and Tello drones.
Students designed and brought home their own buttons, vinyl t-shirt designs, and objects with the 3D-Pens and Cricut Makers. They also gained experience in coding and lock picking, understanding it as the tangible equivalent to online and electronic security.
For some students who had previous experience with the tools, they excelled with the presented material and expressed a higher interest in learning more from resources within the makerspace that help them identify skills they want to strengthen, leading them to educational pathways available at San Bernardino Valley College. This successful introductory camp served as the first of many K-12 camps that the IE Accelerator will be offering throughout the year.