We could hardly contain our excitement when we heard that Chino Hills High School health pathway students Maya Desai and Hana Roble were accepted into this prestigious program at the university's Wilson Library. Born out of a grassroots effort, the Makerspace program has already hosted a Mini Maker Fair in May of last year and began a summer intership program with the ULV's iGEM students that opened its door to motivated high school students. For those unfamiliar with Makerspace, it is technology phenomenon that incorporates electronics equipment, digital fabrication tools, virtual reality technology, and high end computer design software in a laboratory environment that promotes creativity, tinkering, and hacking as a way to create new things. This "outside the box" environment let's students follow their imaginations.
Maya and Hana have already learned how to use the lab's 3D printer, laser cutter, the Raspberry Pi program, and other tools to design the projects of their choice. But to help them get their feet wet, they started with a ULV keychain and phone case. Maya is creating a robot while Hana is creating a "magic mirror" which is essentially a household mirror that's being "teched" out. It reflects the weather, date, time and inspirational messages!
Outreach Specialist, Sonia Ventura checked in with the two young ladies to ask about their experience at Makerspace.
Sonia: Which class in high school has helped you for you internship with Makerspace?
Maya: Math! Using lots of numbers for the programing codes and dimensions of the projects.
Sonia: How will the Makerspace internship help you in your career as a medical professional?
Maya: Makerspace has helped me by discovering new techniques to help design and create items such as prosthetics.
Hana: Makerspace has helped me to better understand technology and its importance in the health field.
Both Hana and Maya hope to one day create and design technology that will assist health professionals. We think they're off to a great start.