Inaugural Quadcopter Challenge

Join us for a morning of innovation and creativity as we kick-start our


Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location: Sweetwater High School (Baseball Field)

Time: 10:00 AM



Challenge Description:

navair-suhsd-quadcopter_fSUHSD high school students have been tasked with building their own quadcopter following a common kit of parts. Each team 3D printed all the mechanical elements of their quadrotors. T
he students have been mentored and guided through the process by engineers from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and a school advisor.

All participating teams (six high schools) will face each other in a Challenge that involves picking up and dropping off an item (payload) and completing an obstacle course. This type of aircraft is also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Watch a video of a sample quadcopter HERE.


College and Career District Fair

What are your plans after high school? Attend a four year public, private, non-profit university? Attend a Community College? Join the Military?, Learn a trade?, or get a Job?

ccfair-imageDon’t miss the College and Career District Fair, we will have information for ALL OF THE ABOVE in one place!

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Montgomery High School
More details HERE.


2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology


The 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is Closing Soon! Deadline for submission is September 20, 2016 by 11:59 PM ET.

The deadline for the 2016 Siemens Competition is fast approaching! The Competition, which encourages students from all backgrounds to explore STEM through individual and team research projects, offers the chance to win scholarships of up to $100,000.

Want to know what your students can win?

  • Regional Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship
  • Regional Winners receive $3,000 (individual) or $6,000 (team) scholarships
  • National Finalists are awarded between $10,000 to $100,000 scholarships

About Siemens Competition 
The Siemens Competition fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Learn more about Siemens Foundation at www.siemens-foundation.org.

The Siemens Foundation supports diversity and inclusion and encourages students of all backgrounds to participate in the Siemens Competition.  Women and Minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Share your experience with us using #SiemensComp!

Questions? siemenscompetition@discoveryeducation.com
Looking for inspiration? View videos and abstracts from Siemens Scholars.



Cougarbots at NDIA Gold Coast Conference



On the picture from left to right students Kevin Villanueva and David A La Torre


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.


On the picture from left to right students Lucio Infante and Marcos Castro


SUHSD Robotics @ 2016 Chula Vista HarborFest

IMG_7548SUHSD 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 SchoolIMG_7557

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)


Sweetwater Strong Summer Camp -Middle Schools-

summer-camp-logo SSSummer 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 https://www.sweetwaterstrong.com

Questions? Call 619-934-8757 or email rodrigo.arancibia2@sweetwaterschools.org


Girls’ Day Out hosted by UCSD WIC

On May 1WICatUCSD4, 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!Capture

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!!!



SUHi students Place 1st at Robot Programming Competition @ SDCC

alderan robot 3On 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

Team: Trojanators

Students: Tomas Mendoza & David Jackson

Sweetwater High School

Team name: 6619X

Students: Antoine Serrano & Cristian EspitiaDSC_0086

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.”DSC_0087

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).


Antoine Serrano, Nao Robot (Patrick), and Christian Espitia (1st Place)

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!

DSC_0057The 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.

DSC_0088Emmanuel 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!


Hayley Salazar (ORHS) AFA San Diego Teacher of the Year

AFA logoAir 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.

HayleySalazarMs. 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!


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SUHSD at Women’s Hackathon Event at CSU San Marcos

CSUSM women hackathon logoOn April 30, 2016 CSU San Marcos hosted a Women’s Hackathon Event. Sweetwater Union High School students were there! CSUSM Women Hackathon

  • 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.
CSUSM Women HackathonAWARDS

GO sweetCYBER!!!

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!