A Parent Letter From Sandra G

Dear BlueStamp Engineering,

My son spent two summers at Blue Stamp Engineering.  He began his first year with some vague notion that he might want to be involved in engineering down the road, but not knowing a whole lot about what that meant in terms of the discipline or the practical elements.  By the end of his second summer, he was absolutely certain that that’s the course he wants to pursue.  The instructors at Blue Stamp are spectacular.  They display the perfect balance between being helpful and making sure that the kids learn how to make fixes on their own.  My son learned that just about everything he does will involve challenges — often very frustrating ones — but he also learned that if he perseveres, he will succeed; and the confidence and pride (not to mention knowledge) that results will be even greater when he works through it.  One of the greatest moments is when the kids present their projects to parents at a reception at the end of the summer.  They speak about what they created and describe the challenges they had, the fixes they employed, the successes and how they’re going to improve their creations going forward.  Every single one of the kids I witnessed over two summers presented beautifully — different  styles, to be sure, but their poise, confidence, pride and often humor in describing the problems they experienced is special and palpable.  When my son demonstrated the 3D printed prosthetic hand that he created his second summer and demonstrated the mobility and grasp of the fingers, the crowd gasped.  He was so proud, and I assure you he will continue to work on his creation because of all the encouragement and support he received during the summer; and I know he wants to return one day to show Dave, Robin and his instructors what he has done.   I strongly encourage kids who have even a passing interest in engineering to enroll for a summer.  It really could help your son or daughter decide to pursue a path to engineering; and at the very least, your child will spend 4 hours a day making  something very interesting and learning how to succeed despite setbacks (and watching others do the same) — not a bad life lesson in engineering or otherwise.

Hope all is well.

Sandra

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