Addressing the STEM talent pipeline crisis
Base 11 is an organization created to address two notable problems facing the U.S’s STEM landscape. The first, a growing STEM talent pipeline crisis alongside under representation of women and minorities in the field. The second, a lack of a sustainable middle class in America made up of all Americans.
By studying these problems three primary barriers were identified that prevent women and minorities from entering and advancing in STEM related careers: Lack of Awareness, Access and Belief.
Delivering awareness, access and belief
The hub of each Base 11 Regional Ecosystem is a 11 Innovation Center, where students gain hands-on STEM skills using industry-quality technology and equipment that they otherwise would not have access to. The centers are located in California, Arizona and a number of local colleges, universities, regional lk and STEM-focused foundations that use the local Innovation Centers for academic courses, reverse engineered training programs, industry-sponsored student challenges, events, and recruitment.
As MIT-inspired Fab Labs, the Base 11 Innovation centers include equipment including: 3D printers, Computer-controlled laser-cutters, computer-operated milling machines, programming and testing stations and more.