This fall, students at Cristo Rey Philadelphia are piloting a project-based learning program designed to boost success in STEM careers.

The Base 11 program was made possible by a grant from the Deloitte Foundation, which funded the installation of new design and rapid-prototyping equipment, specialized training for the faculty over the summer, and experiential curriculum developed in partnership with the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

Through the hands-on, experiential program, students will define, build and test a series of mini projects focused on different aspects of engineering, from basic electronics to computer-aided design. Each mini project will be a necessary component of the capstone project, a fully operational unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone. See what all the excitement is about with the video below.