Well, I lied. WE MADE IT!
What is BEHS Tech?
Brookfield East High School Technology Club is an extracurricular initiative to inspire, educate, and support students interested in STEAM (STEM + Art). We provide a wide range of opportunities for students of any skill level to jump-start their STEAM education, or even simply discover if their interests lie in any of the STEAM fields. These opportunities include:
- Brainstorming and think tanks
- Skill building (metalworking to PCB design)
- Team projects (electric go-kart, autonomous quadcopter)
- Career exploration (through hands-on experience and introductions to employees in STEAM fields)
What is this Kick Starter for? (And why should I back it?)
School funding is often limited or unavailable for extracurricular activities. In addition we have seen an explosion in the number of students interested in what we have to offer in the past couple of years especially. Because of this, we have decided to utilize crowd-sourced funding to help support our activities. We need your assistance to support our growing number of students, and each pledge will make us more successful. Spread the word! The more we raise the larger the number of students we can begin to support, and the more skilled and productive they will become.
Our club fills a major gap in technology education. Many summer camps, science fairs, and school activities boast about “getting kids interested in technology and engineering.” However, this is never followed up with real world, engineering education until college or in the workplace. As a result, many students start their college engineering studies without any useful experience. This club is able to bridge the gap by providing the resources and experience for self-directed education.
The funding goal for this project is low by Kickstarter standards. We picked this goal because we wanted to give ourselves the best possible chances of success. $1000 would let us reward our backers and help to budget for the coming year. But by no means is our project goal a cap on the money we could make use of. We hope, that with the support of the community, we can support our club throughout the coming years.
Past Student Achievements
This club has helped to enable students to turn their dreams into real world projects. Some of these projects are visible in video above. These projects are ongoing and are often tools that aid other students projects. A few examples include:
- Electric Go-Kart
- Keypad/Solenoid Door locking system
- RC Airplane Drone (work in progress)
- PirateBox WiFi HotSpot
- Rockets for Schools Champions (2013) and 2nd Place (2014)
- Arduino Rocket Launcher
- Taught 7th Grade Class on Embedded Electronics and Arduino
Students control most functions of this club. They will decide (with adult guidance) what projects and ideas they wish to pursue. But their decision will likely include:
- Some type of 3D printer (or printer upgrade)
- Further development of our 3D-Robotics Quadcopter
And may include:
- Raspberry Pi’s
- Upgraded revision of the electric go-kart
- Build a DIY Laptop (from desktop parts)
- Laser Death Ray Jet Car (can’t go wrong with lasers)
Voting Reward: Every backer gets one vote per dollar they back in deciding a project (from a list assembled from your suggestions).
Risks and challenges
As you might have noticed, the rewards for this campaign are limited mostly to our appreciation and advertising space on our projects. Education and learning rarely has physical up-front rewards. Keep in mind that with your help, our students have the opportunity to pioneer a new generation of technology.
As far as risks go, there’s not much to discuss. If you backed high enough to get advertising space (for which we thank you again!), there is the highly unlikely chance that each and every one of our projects spontaneously combusts, meaning we wont have anywhere to put your advertisements. It’s doubtful.
The real risk that we will be worrying about is that no matter how hard we try, we can never thank our backers enough for their donations!
- (30 days)