By: Makenna Percy
As Engineering is advancing, more jobs are needed in the Engineering field. Samueli Academy is giving students a head start in technology and engineering.
“For all these kids, if you want to maximize the likelihood of their success and future career,” said Henry Samueli. “Giving them a solid hands on learning experience working on STEM education is the way to go. It's the wave of the future. That's how all schools will eventually have to be. Hopefully, this academy can be the role model.”
Students who take engineering are learning the work environment rather than just learning about engineering. “What we’re trying to do is bring the industry mentality into the school,” said Nino Polizzi, an engineering teacher. “Our tagline is working at learning. What we are really trying to do is bringing assimilated Engineering experiences to these kids, so they see how thingsare done in the real world.”
These students who take Engineering seem to enjoy it because of this method in the working environment. “Yes I do enjoy Engineering. I do enjoy the concept of problem solving and creating schematics,” said Rafael Vasquez, a Sophomore.
“You get to learn by doing hands on activities,” said Violeta Vega, a Junior. “It’s not just lectures. It’s a tinkering and I think that's my way of learning.”
“I really like Engineering,” said Samuel Dean, a Junior. “It's something I’ve been interested in since I’ve first come to this school. Before that I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but now I do.”
While it may be normal to not know what to do for a living as high school student, getting experience can really help students get out of the norm. Because students were exposed to Engineering, they have discovered what they want to do after high school. “My goals after high school are to attend a 4 year university; most likely going into an Engineering school,” said Violeta Vega, a Junior.
“After high school, I definitely want to go to a 4 year university and then get my 4 year degree in electrical Engineering,” said Samuel Dean, a Junior. “Then after that, I’m probably going to get a master's degree in Engineering.”
Many people have helped support Samueli Academy. Some have seen it grow and they really believe that Engineering is the way to go. “I am all for the inquisition that they can take any career they want to and there's no better way to position them but then to have them have a strong background in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics,” said Sue Neuen, head of a nonprofit at Science OC.
Others have watched it grow from the sidelines. These people appreciate what Samueli Academy is providing for its students. “A lot of this stuff is a dying art,” said Chuck Kelly. “They don’t teach it anymore. Schools used to have auto shop and wood shop. I think it’s good. I hope that maybe it will start a wave throughout the country or state that more schools go to this again.”
Engineering is a unique course in Samueli Academy. It has influenced students to go to a 4 year college to study Engineering. It will also benefit students in getting a head start in college and has helped their educational learning. Many students enjoy hands on stem education and they are in the right place if they go to Samueli Academy.
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