Base 11 Hosts Symposium to Feature STEM Students across the Nation

Past Tides
August 17, 2018 By Jackie Connor

In partnership with UCI’s Office of Access and Inclusion, Base 11, a non-profit organization that connects high-potential, low-resource college and high school students to the STEM industry, hosted its annual symposium presentation at the Cove @ UCI.

Ernest Garrison, assistant direcotr of the UCI Office of Access and Inclusion, opens up the event. Photo: Grace Wood

The presentation is the culmination of an eight week program that features three-student teams of two community college STEM students each. They hailed from across the nation and worked with UCI’s Samueli School of Engineering to design, build and fly a drone.

“I have the pleasure of working with Base 11 and their students and their trainers throughout the year and over the course of the summer,” said Ernest Garrison, assistant director of the UCI Office of Access and Inclusion. “Each of the students have learned not only how to build their own quadcopter, but they were also trained in how to use microcomputers.”

During the eight-week program, students learned the fundamentals of aerospace and computer-aided design, 3D printing and basic electronics and fabrication techniques.

Three teams of students from across the nation learned to build and fly a drone. Photo: Aidan Husain Kennan

“We learned computer aided design, two different programs, worked with the microcomputer, got in there and manufactured our quad-copters out there, got to fly them,” Patty George, professor of Mathematics at Cerritos Community College. “It was very exciting. I can’t tell you what a great experience this was.”

Following the presentations, each team demonstrated their drone’s in-flight capabilities outside of the Cove @ UCI.
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