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SLU hosts Gonzaga University for Tinker Camp

April 30, 2013
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Parks College’s iScholars teamed up with engineering students from Gonzaga University for a Tinker Camp at Saint Louis University on April 12 – 14.

Led by Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D., students came together to take on four projects that included creating an indoor Zen garden for urban environment, developing a new, one-cup, easy to clean juicer, building a payload for a rocket, and developing an app for conferences.

“I had a great time and learned so much in such a short time span,” said Gonzaga University student McKenzie Horner. “I hope I get the opportunity to participate again in the future because this was definitely one of my favorite engineering experiences.”

After a welcome dinner and a trip to the City Museum Friday evening, students worked throughout the weekend to prepare for a presentation for local industry mentors. Mentors that shared their professional advice and insight came from a variety of industries including Fredsparks, SCORE, Lectro Engineering, ThoughtWare LLC, and DynaLab.

“The students came up with some great solutions to the problems presented,” said Fredsparks owner and designer Ken Harris. “I was especially impressed with their consideration of business models around their innovations. The students did a very nice job of keeping the end user in mind as well as considering how they would deliver the product or service in a marketable feasible fashion.”

Tinker Camp was sponsored by the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN). KEEN is a collaboration of 19 universities around the U.S. that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students. KEEN’s mission is to graduate engineers who will contribute to business success; and in doing so, transform the American workforce.

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