Engineering Village

First Semester Highlights at ECS - Fall 2015

Getting Back in the Groove

On the first day of school, ECS kicked off the year with a 70s theme. To complement this, the teachers created a 70s themed video to introduce themselves to students, adding excitement to typical first day of school activities. However, teachers weren't the only ones who participated in the 70s fun. The students had a chance to make their own tie dye shirts. Also, to create classroom community, students participated in team building activities. In Mrs. Kyle's Math class, they undertook the task of creating a freestanding balloon tower. This exercise required students to work as a team and learn to trust each other, setting them up for a successful year of working together. Each class also took time to focus on goal setting, and this was encouraged by signs posted throughout the school, inviting students to get in the ECS GROOVE (Growth mindset, CaReer experience, COllege ready, PrOfessional skills, SerVice oriented, REsolve to be successful).
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Elkhorn Crossing School's Opening Day VIdeo for 2015 - 2016

Connect2015 Conference

On November 4th, ECS held a college and career conference. Students had the opportunity to attend sessions offered by top industry professionals, such as "How to Get a Job and be a STAR Employee" by Brent Dennard, Chick-Fil-A Franchised Restaurant Operator and "Show Me the Money! Financial Workshop" by Kim Durrum, Commonwealth CU Branch Manager. There was also a student panel, led by former ECS students who are currently enrolled in college. In this session, the ECS alumni shared information about their college experience, as well as answered any questions that current ECS students had about preparing for college. Several guest lecturers were also present, offering sessions specific to each Village. In the Engineering Village, Dr. Kim Anderson, University of Kentucky (UK) Professor and Dr. Matthew Beck, UK Assistant Professor spoke to students about the engineering programs they offer at UK. In addition to these sessions, students also had the opportunity to attend a college fair. Many ambassadors from Kentucky colleges were present, as well as representatives from the United States Marine Corps and Kentucky National Guard. Overall, the students enjoyed the conference, saying that it helped them feel more prepared for college and their future careers. Taylor Gregory, a sophomore, stated, "The college question and answer session was really insightful. It helped lessen my fears of going to college."
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UK Field Trip

On November 16th, Junior students took a field trip to the University of Kentucky (UK). They started the day with a tour of UK's campus, led by a UK student. First, the students saw Anderson Tower, one of the engineering buildings on campus. The tour guide explained that UK's engineering students are very familiar with this building, since it is where most of their classes are located. The next stop on the tour was a visit to one of UK's new residence halls. Built in 2014, these living areas have amenities such as granite counter tops and Tempur-Pedic mattresses. They ended the tour at the William T. Young library, where they had a tour of the first floor. At the end of the tour, students were encouraged to explore the library on their own.


In the afternoon, students attended a presentation where various engineering professors gave information about the different programs offered at UK. Biosystems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Enginnering are just a few of the many fields that UK's engineering students can pursue. Students were also informed about the Cooperative Education Program and Internships available. They were told that these opportunities are beneficial to students who desire to secure employment after college. At the conclusion of this presentation, the students were divided into small groups, based on their interests. Their choices were Civil and Mining Engineering, Materials and Chemical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Each group was then taken on a tour specific to the field they chose, seeing their possible future classrooms and labs. At the of end of each tour, students visited another one of UK's new residence halls and were reunited with the rest of their classmates. To finish the day, students visited the UK bookstore and ate dinner before returning to Georgetown.


The students had positive feelings towards the trip, stating that it gave them a better idea of future opportunities. Aaron Wesley expressed, "The UK field trip was a fun and educational experience, and it gave me a better insight of what fields engineering has to offer me." Maddie Wood had similar feelings. She explained, "I'm planning on going to college at UK next year and it gave me insight to the freshman engineering program and what field I want to pursue."

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VEX Tournament

On November 21st, ECS hosted a VEX tournament for students in Scott County, as well as Kentucky students from the surrounding area. There were approximately 120 students who participated in this competition. In total, there were 68 teams in attendance, each made up of 2 to 7 students. This year, the VEX game is "Nothing But Net." This is a trajectory game where two alliances, each made up of two different teams, compete against each other by directing their robots to score balls into a goal. Engineering teacher, Mr. Ware, expressed the importance of this program, stating that that students who are interested in robotics are more motivated to stay focused in their ECS classes. In the past, the VEX teams have been highly successful, winning three consecutive state championships. This level of achievement is likely to continue, since two teams have already qualified for state, due to their high performance at the tournament. This event has set the VEX teams up for a strong year, and they hope to be back at the VEX Worlds competition in April 2016.
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Above photo is from the VEX website.