MAPin - ENGINEERING PRODUCTS OF THE FUTURE BOOTCAMP SJECCD Milpitas extension center - july 24th - 28th, 2017

MAPin is a collective of career pathways and college programs designed to provide students with resources to explore, identify and develop their academic and career pathway goals. From June 24th - 28th, MAPin hosted an Engineering Products of the Future Boot Camp at the San Jose Evergreen Community College Extension Center in Milpitas, CA. Seats filled up fast as eager middle school kids signed up for the week-long, in-depth boot camp with instructor Alison Lewis Designer & Inventor as well as the founder, and CEO of Switch Embassy.

The community we serve usually consists of busy working households with multiple children, creating challenges of coordinating meals. In order to alleviate stress, refreshments were provided. Invent Your Future sponsored pizza, salad, cookies, and water for the orientation night, as well as, all snacks and lunches throughout the week.

Engineering Products of the Future Orientation Night

Orientation Night was held Tuesday, July 11th on the SJECCD Extension Center to familiarize parents and students with instructor Alison Lewis, the boot camp location, and curriculum.
Thank You to Highway1 for donating the LittleBits for the Engineering Products of the Future boot camp.

Day 1: Fashion tech, Marshmallows & Subway

The Day began with the Marshmallow Challenge, an ice breaker instructor Lewis prefers to use as a way to evaluate individual skills as well as evaluate how well teams work together.

Day 2: Coding, Troubleshooting & El Torrito

Day 2 was dedicated to learning how to code LittleBits with Arduino, an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects. Arduino senses the environment by receiving inputs from many sensors and affects its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and use the Arduino development environment.

Day 3: Prototyping, Planning & Pizza

On Day 3, teams presented their wearables concept, discussed how they'd be engineering their pieces and practiced their presentation pitches.
Jacqueline Chavarria, H.S. Senior assisting other groups with their product engineering.

Day 4: Product Engineering, Testing & Noah's Bagels

On day 4, all teams were in full production as they finished up their projects and ran tests to troubleshot any potential problems.

Day 5: Final Projects, Presentations & Sandwiches

Michael Mooney, director of San Jose City College Milpitas Extension Center, introduced the Engineering Products of the Future student presentations, as excited parents filmed from their camera phones.

Day 5 began with the teams finalizing their projects as they prepared for their noon presentations. After 5 days, all 30 students received certificates of completion, an introduction to coding LittleBits with an open-source electronics platform.

Thank You

We wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Alison Lewis, Designer & Inventor, and Highway1 for donating the LittleBits kits for the boot camp. We would like to thank Director of College Extension Michael Mooney, Enrollment Services Coordinator Michael Castro and Counselor Kathleen Melendez from the SJECCD Milpitas Extension, and Vice President Jorge Escobar from SJCC, for their additional support with hosting the boot camp. ​ More special thanks to the Invent Your Future staff Staci Lyons, Ruth Stergiou and Joanne Zigler. And finally, we would like to extend our thanks to the SVCP & MAPin members Megan Crossfield, Diane Rock, Suzie Clark, Lynette Gray, Daniel Negrete, Claudia Barbosa, Alexis Maciel, Janae Stewart, Mariel Cepeda and Alexandra Duran.

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