On August 24, 2016 Cougarbots from San Ysidro High School had a demonstration booth at the NDIA 28th Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event.
The purpose of Gold Coast is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, especially small businesses, in working with the government, primarily the Department of Defense.
Conference attendees were surprised with the caliber of STEAM opportunities our students receive at Sweetwater Union High School District.
Our students left awed and inspired with all technology related companies and their gadgets. Thank you Carrie Northum, San Ysidro High School Science Teacher and VEX Robotics Advisor for your participation.
SUHSD Robotics was at the 2016 Chula Vista HarborFest!
On August 20, 2016, the City of Chula Vista hosted is annual HarborFest at Bayside Park and two of our robotics teams were there to showcase SUHSD robotics programs; Montgomery High School & Rancho Del Rey Middle School.
Montgomery High School
Pharaohs FIRST FRC Team #4616
From left to right (student A, student b, and mentor J. Bernardo Escobedo)
Rancho Del Rey Middle School
Royal Robotics VEX VRC Team
From left to right (Sarah Yager, Ariana Vargas, Kirk Braito -teacher-, Adrian Gamarra, Emily Lahr, Michael Manangan, Jinwoo Park and Nadya Graham)
Summer just got “sweeter” in Sweetwater Union High School District! We are offering a FREE, NEW summer camp for middle school students called “Sweetwater Strong Summer Camp”. It merges the FUN of summer camp with the engaged coursework of Project-Based learning.
Sweetwater Strong Summer Camp is a 4 week camp that offers middle school students the opportunity to work on creative, fun and hands-on projects in subjects such as the arts, creative writing, science, technology, athletics, and much more.
Here are a few of the choices students can choose to take: Water Rocket Science, Computer Technology, Solar Cars, Video Production, Football, Soccer, Art Projects, and much more.
Dates: June 6th – June 30th, Monday through Friday [8:30am to 2:30pm]
The camp will be held at several middle schools in the district and location depends on students course selection. Each site will offer a variety of specialty programs based on themes and course offerings.
Pre-register TODAY and learn more about this amazing summer opportunity for your child at no cost to you at http://www.sweetwaterstrong.com
Questions? Call 619-934-8757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 14, 2016, UCSD’s Women in Computing (WIC) hosted “Girls’ Day Out”. This event is one among several outreach programs WIC coordinates over the course of the academic year to reach out to local high schools and foster interest in Computer Science.
WIC is part of a movement to remedy the lack of representation of specific groups, including women, African Americans, Latinos, and many more, in technology.
Sweetwater Union High School District GIRLS were there!
Bonita Vista High School: Louanne Bleich, Summer Macias, Brittany K Nguyen, and Sabrina Mejia.
Chula Vista High School: Dimna Jiménez and Elea Spencer.
Eastlake High School:Hallie Garrigus, Natali Machado, and Elena Vasquez.
Hilltop High School: Sonya Loredo.
Olympian High School: Natalie S. Lettieri, Arazelli Munoz, Ivy Nguyen, and Madison Stallings.
Otay Ranch High School: Daniela Molina, Liliana McMillan-Ruiz, Celeste Martinez, and Hailey Maier.
San Ysidro High School: Jocelyn Garcia.
Southwest High School: Katie George and Ismerai Franco.
Thank you UCSD Women in Computing!!!
On Saturday, May 14th, 19 high school teams competed in a regional Robot Programming Competition at San Diego City College.
Sweetwater Union High School District students were there!
Castle Park High School
Team name: TrojanBots
Students: Emmanuel Hidalgo & Joe Miranda
Students: Tomas Mendoza & David Jackson
Sweetwater High School
Team name: 6619X
Students: Antoine Serrano & Cristian Espitia
Students eagerly approached their assigned stations, reviewed the competition’s instructions and judging criteria, and began playing with the software; Choregraphe. Dean Rose LaMuraglia of San Diego City College’s School of Business, Information Technology and Cosmetology kicked off the event with a presentation on careers in technology, aiming to inspire this next generation of programmers. She concluded her presentation with a demonstration in which Patrick, the Nao Robot, spoke to the students and danced to Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller.”
Students participated in a brief tutorial and received instruction on the software then teams were tasked with a series of challenges: they had to program the robot to creatively introduce their teams to an audience, to dance along to popular music, and to most importantly, have fun and learn! The teams dedicated 2 hours and 30 minutes to programming Patrick (Nao Robot).
Sweetwater High School’s students Antoine Serrano and Cristian Espitia
placed first. They programmed Patrick (Nao Robot) to perform the “whip” and “nae nae.”
Congratulations Antoine & Cristian!
The judges assessed students based on a defined set of criteria: the use of fluid dance movements, complexity of the dance sequence, the entertainment factor, and the ability of the students to take into consideration Patrick’s limitations when programming him.
Emmanuel Hidalgo from Castle Park High School won a raffled gaming console.
All of the students walked away with SeaWorld passes, Xbox music passes donated by The Microsoft Store, Otterbox cell phone cases donated by the OtterCares Foundation, and Rubio’s gift cards.
Congratulations to all participating Students!
Air Force Association (AFA) San Diego Chapter 118
Hayley Salazar (ORHS) science teacher was recently named 2016 AFA San Diego Chapter 118 Teacher of the Year!
The announcement was made by Gene Alfaro, Vice President for Aerospace Education, San Diego Chapter 118 of the Air Force Association indicating that Ms. Salazar’s credentials as a STEM teacher supports the STEM goals of the Air Force Association.
Ms. Salazar is recognized by implementing a dynamic award winning robotics program at Otay Ranch High School, instilling the values of “gracious professionalism” and “co-opertition” into the hearts of her team members, and for taking a leadership role in the expansion of the robotics program in the SUHSD and in the county of San Diego.
Congratulations Ms. Salazar!
On April 30, 2016 CSU San Marcos hosted a Women’s Hackathon Event. Sweetwater Union High School students were there!
- Aseret Flores & Sarah Valencia (Sweetwater High School)
- Amanda Castro, Emili Meyer, Ivy Nguyen, & Precious Lara (Olympian High School)
During the awards ceremony, Emily, Aseret, and Sarah (Team Pumas) earned an award for developing a game concept as part of a website to educate the public about the environment around jaguars. They won in the classification of originality and impact.
Amanda, Ivy, and Precious , (Team Rawr) earned an award based on their concept for a website that followed most closely the theme about educating the public about Jaguars. They wrote everything in English and in Spanish.
Shout-Out to Ms. Rymer (SUHi Teacher) for taking Sweetwater High School’s students to the event on her own time and dime. THANK YOU MS. RYMER!
On April 20-23, 2016, 2016 VEX Worlds took place at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of 1,017 teams from 31 different countries participated at the 2016 VEX World Championships. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this was the world’s largest robotics event ever held.
Mustang Robotics Team 507B from Otay Ranch High School represented SUHSD.
After three days of intense competition, team 507B placed 23rd in their division placing them in the top 100 VEX high school teams in the world! They also won a tablet and a phone on a side video contest competition. GREAT JOB MUSTANG ROBOTICS!
Team members: Justin Bellarmino, Nicolas Ma, Annika Manlutac, Glenn Sivila, Brian Thai, and Tatsuya Vlaming. *Special shout-out to Annika for helping throughout the event a team from Syria*
Principal: Jose Brosz Coach Advisers: Hayley Salazar & Chad Pearson
2016 SCIENCE FESTIVAL Chula Vista Middle School
On May 3-4, 2016, Chula Vista Middle School’s Science Department hosted its annual SCIENCE FESTIVAL showcasing students innovation and creativity through Inventions. A journey into the world of science and engineering.
Congratulations to all participating students, parents, Ms. Tina Tom, Mr. Ebber Nava, and Ms. Gina Saclauso for a job well done!
Principal: Julissa Gracias
Got Inventions! Cavaliers Do!