Hk Maker Lab Application Form

Deadline: February 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM

What is the Hk Maker Lab? The Hk Maker Lab is an intensive six-week summer program to learn the foundations of design. Focusing on addressing a health problem, participants will design, prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program will culminate in a presentation to leading executives from the biomedical community. The Hk Maker Lab projects might then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace.

We anticipate this program will attract extremely motivated students, who will gain incredible “Maker” skills after this intense curriculum and who will in turn become student leaders of such programs in their college work. 24 students will participate in the Hk Maker Lab, which will be hosted at Columbia University from July 17th to August 24th, 2017.

Hear what our 2016 students had to say about their Hk Maker Lab experience in the video slideshow below.
Program Schedule

All applicants should carefully review the following dates and information to ensure that they are willing and able to attend ALL sessions (which will take place at Columbia University’s Morningside Campus).

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Week 1

July 17

Problem Identification

10am-4pm

July 18

Problem Identification

10am-4pm

July 19

Problem Identification

10am-4pm

July 20

Problem Identification

10am-4pm

Week 2

July 24

Brainstorming Solutions

10am-4pm

July 25

Brainstorming Solutions

10am-4pm

July 26

Brainstorming Solutions

10am-4pm

July 27

Brainstorming Solutions

10am-4pm

Week 3

July 31

Solution Screening

10am-4pm

August 1

Solution Screening

10am-4pm

August 2

Solution Screening

10am-4pm

August 3

Solution Screening

10am-4pm

Week 4

August 7

Proof of Concept Testing

10am-4pm

August 8

Proof of Concept Testing

10am-4pm

August 9

Proof of Concept Testing

10am-4pm

August 10

Proof of Concept Testing

10am-4pm

Week 5

August 14

Prototyping

10am-4pm

August 15

Prototyping

10am-4pm

August 16

Prototyping

10am-4pm

August 17

Prototyping

10am-4pm

Week 6

August 21

Prototyping & Testing

10am-4pm

August 22

Prototyping & Testing

10am-4pm

August 23

Prototyping & Testing

10am-4pm

August 24

Prototyping & Testing

10am-4pm

Pitch Event

5:30-7:30pm

 

Applicants will be selected based on academic performance and past leadership experiences, their demonstrated interest in Hk Maker Lab and engineering design, and their ability to collaboratively solve problems in a team setting. There is very limited amount of space for this program, so please take your time to put together a well thought-out application.

Eligibility and Application Process

Applicant Requirements

Hk Maker Lab is committed to serving NYC high school students from low-income communities. The applicant must:

  1. Attend a NYC high school during this academic school year
    Note: Due to the rigor and demands of the program, preference will be given to rising juniors, and seniors.
  2. Demonstrate economic or educational disadvantage based on the below criteria:
    a. Applicant attends a NYC high school with a Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) rate of 50% or higher
    or
    b. Applicant qualifies for FRPL but attends a NYC high school with a FRPL rate below 50%. Documentation of FRPL qualification must be provided with application materials (e.g. copy of FRPL application).

Application Process

Upon receiving your application materials, your application will be carefully reviewed. Applicants will then be assigned to one of three categories: acceptance, rejection, or waitlisted. Students who are waitlisted may be asked to interview with the Recruitment Team in early April. All students will be notified of their final application status by the last week in April.

Students who are interested in the program or who have any questions regarding the application, should contact hello@hypothekids.org

Application Checklist

Submitting Your Application

The Hk Maker Lab Recruitment Team will review all applications. Selections will be based on the applicant’s answers to the above questions, commitment to attend all sessions, academic history, recommendations and other supporting materials. Completed applications can be submitted via our online portal. Upload your completed applications materials to your application between now and February 19th, 2017​. Recommenders for students who apply online should email recommendation letters separately to: hello@hypothekids.org

At least one of your recommenders must be a math, science or engineering teacher. Your recommender should be a teacher, mentor, counselor, advisor, or employer who knows you in a professional, academic, or volunteer context. Select a recommender that can relate specific and relevant details about your performance, skills, and unique abilities. Relatives may not provide a recommendation.

​If you have any questions about how to submit your application, please email the Hk Maker Lab Recruitment Team at hello@hypothekids.org.

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