Makers in Residence

Applications are open for Stanford’s “Makers in Residence” program for high-school students

The Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford is hosting the second session of its third annual "Makers in Residence” program for local high school students from May 20 - June 14, 2013. This program is part of Prof. Paulo Blikstein’s FabLab@School project, which has been introducing digital fabrication labs and “maker” activities in schools since 2009.

In this unique program, twelve local high school students spent four weeks in January on campus taking part in a variety of digital fabrication/maker workshops and projects including laser cutting, robotics, 3D printing, polymer casting, electronics, product design, and several topics in science and engineering. They will return for four more weeks in May and June to design, in small groups, products that solve real problems in their lives and communities.

We are seeking additional high school students to participate in our May-June program and turn their ideas into real, working inventions. No prior technology or “maker” experience is necessary, and new students will be joining a welcoming community of peers with a wide range of skills and interests. The program is funded by National Science Foundation and Lemann Foundation grants, and extensive research will happen during the four weeks, thus parents are expected to sign a consent form allowing our team to interview and collect data about the students.

All students are required to participate on Stanford campus from 8:45am-2:15pm Monday through Friday, excepting May 27 in observance of Memorial Day, for a total of approximately 100 hours. We recognize that our program takes place during regular school hours for many schools, so this opportunity will be most applicable for students in schools that have a Spring intersession, home-schooled students, or those in alternative school environments. We may be able to work with students in traditional schools to arrange this experience as an internship or independent study.

Any interested students may apply to our program here. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have interest in the program but cannot come in May/June, do not send us email -- instead, please fill in this form. We are considering other programs and formats for the future and will contact interested students later.

As part of Prof. Paulo Blikstein’s FabLab@School project, the sessions will take place at Stanford’s digital fabrication facilities. An article about our students’ experience in the first session of this workshop can be found here.

An article outlining the research work being done at the TLTL around making and digital fabrication can be found here.