STEM ACCELERATOR PARTNERS
AN ECOSYSTEM OF EXCELLENCE
2015 ANNUAL REPORT
Base 11 is on a mission to address the STEM talent gap crisis in America. Our solution is to collaborate with leaders of industry, academia, and philanthropy to transform high-potential low-resource students into the 21st Century STEM capable talent that our country so desperately needs. And with your support, we will continue to advance our ultimate mission to build a sustainable middle class in America, inclusive of all communities.
To that end, this has been an exciting year for Base 11, as we refined our strategies for maximum impact, and expanded our network of ecosystem partners. Our 2015 achievements include establishing our first Base 11 Innovation Center featuring a MIT originated FabLab on the campus of Skyline College in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We established the "Victory Circle" as the targeted outcome for students with the bold goal of helping advance 11,000 students into STEM jobs, degrees and/or new STEM businesses by 2020.
To propel students into the Victory Circle, we established a STEM Accelerator program with three tracks: workforce development training, STEM entrepreneur training and internships. This year, we made great strides in refining and testing the model in prep for national scale and replication.
Our joint venture partnership Aerodrome LLC, also made strides in 2015, establishing the world's first droneport in Boulder City Nevada, and enrolling the first cohort of Davis Aerospace High School students in a drone flight and operations training program in Detroit, Michigan.
These developments, reflected in our five-year strategic plan, set the stage for Base 11's economic sustainability targets, which will insure the achievement of our mission.
Landon Taylor, CEO
how base 11 is answering the call
Admission to a four-year university to
pursue a STEM-related major
Employment in a well-paid STEM-related job
Development of a STEM-related business
as a stem entrepreneur
1. stem entrepreneur training
2. fellowships and internships
3. Workforce Development training
AN ECOSYSTEM OF EXCELLENCE
"Here at Caltech, I'm given the opportunity to think, process, and progress on my own. I've felt more empowered as a woman in a STEM field."
- ALINA RAI, BASE 11 FELLOW And Skyline College Student
"Base 11 gave me an interest in pursuing higher education. To have an open mind and to be bold; be willing to seek out new opportunities."
- PAUL GRAD III, BASE 11 FELLOW Transferred to UC Irvine, Samueli School of Engineering
"It's been an incredible experience to be mentored and to also mentor - to show them where I've been and also where they can be."
- SUMMER DUMAS, BASE 11 MENTOR UC Irvine electrical engineering graduate student
"Base 11 has brought a tremendous array of resources to Skyline College that most community college students would never have access to. By bringing Ivy League quality resources to our campus, we are leveling the playing field for students."
- regina stanback stroud, ed.d. President, Skyline College
"I was blown away by the presentations the Base 11 interns made. Their performance was as good or better than the undergraduates coming from the best of the best schools."
- g. ravichandran
Otis booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech
"CCSF and Base11 are like-minded partners, together we focus on connecting youth to 21st century career pathways that support continuing advancement in both college and career."
- Theresa Fleischer Rowland Associate Vice Chancellor, City College of San Francisco
We graduated the first cohort of 10 students from Detroit Public Schools' Davis Aerospace Technical High School in courses on Unmanned Air Systems (drones). All of the students are going to college, and each is ready to take the FAA test to be designated as a licensed drone operator.
"Base 11 has impacted my education. They provided this opportunity and I'm really grateful because I don't know if I would've gotten into unmanned systems if it weren't for Base 11."
- Jose Rubio
Base 11 students completed the following courses:
"Aerodrome and Base 11 pretty much prepared me for life... They've allowed me to get an intro into what to expect as I grow."
- Keviyan Richardson
Hugo Villafana spent most of his life in the poor farming community of El Tepamal, in the Guanajuato state of Mexico. Although he grew up far away from the nearest airport, and without access to computers or the internet, he was fascinated by the rockets and spacecraft he saw on TV news reports about NASA. He dreamed not of becoming a farmer, but of becoming a NASA engineer.
Each day, with an infectious smile and a positive attitude, he works hard and gets closer to making that dream a reality.
After moving to U.S., Hugo enrolled at Orange Coast College and, with the help of Base 11 and its partner the National College Resource Foundation, spent a summer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory managed by Caltech, and traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "This experience helped me confirm that I'm on the right track, and I am definitely doing my passion," said Hugo.
Hugo continued working toward his goal, enrolling in Base 11's academic-year internship at the University of Southern California's rocket propulsion lab in the spring — and at the time he was the only community college student among the ranks of undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.
"I showed up knowing nothing about rockets except that I like rockets," Hugo said. But he absorbed information like a sponge, spending a few hours each week helping the students build a rocket. He precisely cut the carbon fiber for the rocket, and learned to use computer-aided engineering and design software.
In the summer, Hugo continued his path to the Base 11 Victory Circle by enrolling in the paid summer fellowship program in mechanical engineering at USC where he and a team of community college students conducted research on the behavior of small aircraft wings in a wind tunnel.
Hugo's academic performance and hands-on research experiences have earned him a full ride to USC to study aerospace engineering. But he won't stop there. Hugo has his sights set on two master's degrees and a doctorate, so that he can achieve his ultimate dream of working for NASA as an expert in jet propulsion.
Though this journey is far from over, already Hugo says, "Base 11 has helped me achieve many of my dreams."
Base 11 is focused on maximizing every donation to help transform high-potential low-resource students into 21st Century STEM leaders. In fiscal year 2015, we had total revenues of $2,575,000 and total operating expenses of $1,017,600 in pursuit of our mission to build a sustainable middle class in America inclusive of all Americans.
Approximately 76% of these expenses were invested in Base 11 STEM Accelerator programming and the Aerodrome learning airport project. Our successes in reaching, inspiring and recruiting high-potential low-resource students from across the country are made possible thanks to strategic investments in marketing and communications, which make up 9% of our expenses. In order to solve the growing STEM talent gap crisis, including the under-representation of women and minorities in STEM fields, solutions need to be scaled quickly. Our investment in marketing and partner development reflects the urgent need to expand our ability to reach as many students as quickly as possible. The remaining 14% of overhead expenses cover costs such as general and financial management, human resources and technology.
These 2015 investments contributed to the establishment of the Base 11 ecosystem including programming at five community colleges, three top-tier research universities, and a major metropolitan school district -- with the combined potential reach of 118,000 students. Additionally, it funded the launch of our digital STEM awareness and belief campaign that reached and inspired over 150,000 students online nationally and many other milestones that contribute to achieving our goal of getting 11,000 students into the Victory Circle by 2020.
Chief Executive Officer, Base 11
Chief Financial Officer, Base 11
Senior Corporate Vice President,
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility
and Legal Officer
Golden State Foods
Onyx Global HR
5X Solutions, Inc.
CEO and President
The Nickerson Group
Managing Director and Chief Technologist at JH Technology Associates LLC and Retired Center Chief Technologist for NASA-Ames Research Center
Senior Advisor to the CEO Base 11
Founding Director of the
Institute of Engineering
Community and Cultural
Competence at USC's
Viterbi School of
Founder and President, INK Studios
Author and public historian; retired Corporate Director of College and University Relations for The Boeing Company and Founding Executive Director, Emeritus of the Northwest African American Museum
Superintendent, Jennings School District
Co-founder and CEO
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International
Tech Investor, Entrepreneur
"Industry has such an urgent need for tangible solutions to increase the pipeline of diverse individuals with the STEM 2.0 skills necessary to prosper in the 21st century. That's why we're so excited that Base 11 has arrived on the scene. They have the programs, the people and the potential to make a significant impact."
- EDIE FRASER, CEO
STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors