Our goal for Thinkabit Lab is to inspire the next generation of STEM innovators. We want to demystify engineering and the possibilities of being an inventor; and to guide students through activities where they can unlock their unique talents and see the careers that are open to them . The Thinkabit Lab team defines success as students leaving our space every day feeling a new self-confidence that a STEM career may be in their future, and an understanding that STEM concepts are found in many careers.
Each year, Qualcomm works directly with school districts to collect applications from students for Qcamp. In the past, we have worked with San Diego Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, and Chula Vista Elementary School District. Once students have applied, the team uses a randomization process to select the students who will attend the camp.
In addition to creating our unique summer camp program at the Thinkabit Lab, we are a lead partner in the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech®) program and collaborate with organizations like Girls Who Code and Girl Develop It! to work towards our shared goal of closing the gender gap in the tech industry. Through our various programs, we are able to inspire and expose girls (and boys) to STEM activities and address issues that may otherwise deter underrepresented students from pursuing STEM education and careers.
We’re glad you asked! We’re currently working on a resource guide to help other organizations who are looking to create their own camp experience Inspired by Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab. This guide will include sample timelines and necessary forms for campers to complete as well as some of the logistical considerations you’ll want to think about throughout the planning process. We also are working on creating the Teaching Resources necessary to support the Signature Activities we’ve done at Qcamps in the past.
Thinkabit Lab provides longer, deeper experiences for students in STEM through our summertime Qcamp program. The program is offered free of charge and accepts students who will be entering middle school in the fall. For highlights from our past Qcamps, visit our videos page for recaps of all our camps over the past 4 summers!
We try to host tours while class is in session. We think it’s very important that you see and feel for yourself how the Thinkabit Lab experience inspires students to explore the world of work around them and encourages and engages them through fun-filled, hands-on engineering experiences to pursue STEM-related education.
Should a school need to cancel a class visit, we will add the school to the wait-list for the current academic year, but a spot is not guaranteed.
Typically, classes are onsite for 5-6 hours, with common arrival times around 9am and departures at 2:30-3pm. The day includes a 30-minute lunch break.
Our typical class size, per visit, ranges between 24 and 32 students.
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