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MAKE+ researchers support students working on multidisciplinary industry sponsored projects as well as their own entrepreneurial projects, providing an enhanced learning experience for the students. MAKE+ mentors students through the design process in the following areas:

  • CARI Lab Tours and Info Sessions
  • Product Development ‘Speed Dating’ Sessions – Groups of students are taken through stations including Human Factors and Technical Design Approaches (microcontrollers, electric motors, PCB design, & mechanical design). These sessions allow students to obtain short direct feedback and help ensure students are considering all key factors in their project.
  • Capstone Project Sponsorship – project sponsorship to domestic and international students on an on-going basis.
  • Capstone Project Mentorship – project mentorship to students with their final year capstone project.
  • Coop/Summer Placements (paid and unpaid) – coop placements and supervision for domestic and international students.
  • Industry Connections – linking students to companies and industry associations that can assist BCIT students with potential job opportunities.
  • Exposure to ISO 13485 Quality Management System – Students working with PART get an introduction to the quality management system.
  • Engagement with BCIT student organizations:  School of Business Enactus Club, and BCIT’s Student Association Entrepreneurial Services program.

We can assign a MAKE+ staff member to be their mentor. A typical case would see the MAKE+ staff member starting the process so we could get an understanding of the project and the students. They will ask that the students give some thought to developing a definition of the problem and a set of design requirements which are not the designs themselves, then to get back in touch with MAKE+ so we can continue to support the next phase of the student project. We may assign a different project leader to supervise them now that we have a better understanding of the project.

It is possible for the students to be able to utilize our labs to construct their prototypes however this would require full supervision of the students in our labs from a safety perspective.

Contact Nancy Paris for more information.

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