In 2015, we launched a 3D modeling and printing program that allowed 6 students to learn about CAD printing use across industries and how to use a CAD printer to bring their product ideas to life. Then the students designed and created a viable product prototype using 3D printing technology. On a broader scale, we served 1,000 students both in the classroom (as they went through our curricula) and out of the classroom (as they worked as student interns for Student-Run Businesses). We also formalized our skills-based volunteer program and worked with several professionals in the community to facilitate their sharing of expertise with our students.
Our 2016 goals can be classed into three categories: Grow, Serve, and Scale. Our programmatic goals are under Serve and Scale. Under Serve, our goals are to provide quality student internships to 30+ interns, serve 1000+ students in total, further develop our skills-based volunteer program, and develop advanced curriculum and accompanying rubrics. Under Scale, our goals are to scale product plans for growth, digitize both EDU curricula, create a tracking system for student achievement, earn AdvancEd accreditation, create an operational playbook for scaling, increase marketing channel engagement, and develop a system for team member review and engagement.
Community or Constituency Served
Low income middle and high school students in MN, primarily in Minneapolis