Engineering Academy Newsletter

Engineering Academy November 1, 2021

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Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 3-4:30pm

7007 Knights Court

Missouri City, TX

The meeting will be in the Elkins library


Hello Parents,

Due to popular demand, the Engineering Academy Booster Club is back again selling your favorite Poinsettias ...

The class competition from Phase I of the Poinsettia continues into ... Phase II.

Phase II of the competition is now open to all the students in Elkins High School.

The winning grade that sells the maximum plants will get a surprise treat from the Engineering Academy Booster Club!!! Let the game continue ...on November 1, 2021

Please join us in our Poinsettias Fundraiser for the Elkins Engineering Booster club. The funds for the booster club is for the academy children to create fun and educational experiences for them as well as scholarships for our seniors.

Please feel free to sell to friends, extended family members and others. The total of each colored plants should be entered onto the Engineering Booster club website.

There grade with the highest plant sale gets to win a prize in addition to the prizes listed for the individual sales.

Go Knights!!!

See order form below.

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The Elkins Engineering Academy Booster Club is presenting a volunteering opportunity for the 50th Anniversary Chevron Houston Marathon. The registration is for students plus family and friends. Do remember to follow the instructions below and use the ELKINS code when registering. You must be present on the day of the event for us to get credit. We need a minimum of 70 volunteers who actually participate on that day to qualify for the grant.

We need at least 40 registration by Nov 19th or we may lose our spot. Please register ASAP to help raise funds for the booster club and earn YES volunteer hours.


1. Under Volunteer group dropdown select "ELKINS HS Engineering Acadeemy Booster Club".

2. You must be 15 years to help with the HEB Food Court area ( our main area requested) however, you may still volunteer for other positions available with the Marathon Committee.

3. Verify that under Shift Applications "ELKINS" is entered in the box. See image below.

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Amazon Future Engineering Program | Scholarship for HS Computer Science

We are thrilled to invite you to participate in the Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) program to support High School computer science programs for the 21-22 school year. The Amazon Future Engineer program is Amazon's commitment to help dramatically expand access to computer science at schools nationwide.

After an overwhelming and positive response, the program is expanding to reach over 1,500 underserved high schools across the country for the 21-22 school year. As a qualifying school, you have already been issued credentials to preview course resources and we are thrilled to offer you an opportunity for an in-person information session. Schools will be accepted on a rolling basis, so we urge you to apply ASAP.

Amazon Future Engineer 21-22 Sponsorship Program

Through this program, Amazon is providing 100% financial assistance to help eligible high schools implement a 3-year computer science sequence and corresponding professional development programs in partnership with Project STEM. Schools will be able to implement foundational computer science courses, including an introductory full-year course, Computer Science Python Fundamentals, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A-Java in the 21-22 school year. A new 3-year course sequence aimed at middle schools and early high school grades are also included, with CS Explorations 1 in Scratch launching now for the 21-22 school year. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Creative Media will be rolling out in subsequent years.

Amazon’s funding will provide all curricular and teacher resources, including fully sequenced and paced digital lessons for students. Teachers will receive detailed lesson plans, professional development, and ongoing dedicated teacher support throughout the academic year.

Interested for the 21-22 school year? Spots are available!
If you are interested, please click here to complete a brief application as soon as possible. Schools and/or educators for whom financial hardship has been a significant barrier to implementing or expanding computer science will be prioritized.
Applications are now being accepted (with a quick 1-1 phone information session to follow) for the 21-22 school year. If you or your school are already participating in the program, or have already submitted an application for this program for the 21-22 school year, please disregard this update - an additional application will not be required.


We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at UT Health McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

We are now seeking applicants for our Houston, TX program. Participants should be students who gender-identify as female or nonbinary in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the November 4, 2021 application deadline.

Additional information can be found on our website:

The application may be accessed directly using the following link:

More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here.

In addition to this in-person event in your area, we will also be offering Perry Virtual Experience sessions this Fall. Perry Outreach Program alumnae are welcome to register for a PVE session. If you are new to the Perry Initiative, participating in the POP will not disqualify you from a PVE at a later date. Dates and details for each session can be found at

Support the Engineering Academy Booster Club When Shopping at Kroger

Parents, you can support the Elkins HS Engineering Academy Booster Club through your Kroger Reward Program. Visit

Once logged into Kroger account, search for ELKINS HIGH SCHOOL ENGINEERING ACADEMY BOOSTER CLUB either by name or use RH927 and then click Enroll.
·New users will need to create an account that requires some basic information like a valid email address and a rewards card.

Support the Engineering Academy Booster Club When Shopping on Amazon

Support Elkins High School Engineering Academy Booster Club.

When you shop at,

Amazon donates.

Texas Internship Challenge:

Texas Internship Challenge:

The Texas Internship Challenge encourages students to participate in the thousands of internships around the state to gain the marketable skills employers are looking for. Internships help you explore career opportunities, network with employers, and earn a salary or school credit. Start your search by entering your keyword in the search bar above. Click here to register and enter your résumé.


Image: Modeling the global spread of COVID-19 using artificial intelligence

How can AI help us mitigate the climate crisis, trace the spread of illnesses, build self-driving cars, or identify bias in the criminal justice system? How exactly does Netflix know what your next favorite TV show is before you do? At the AI Scholars program students learn to apply an AI toolkit to tackle such real-world issues in domains they're passionate about no prior programming experience necessary.

Through a project-based curriculum, students work under the guidance of an AI mentor from Stanford or MIT to explore the ethics and applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare, environment, law, music, astronomy and more! At the end of the course, students gain a sophisticated understanding of AI, experience applying AI to real-world datasets, and a final project they can use to enhance their college portfolio and careers.

"I have never attended a program that makes AI so accessible for high school students. Not only did I learn how to build various models, I also understood how they worked and how I could apply them to my own passions for history and political science. Inspirit AI has equipped me with the tools and mentors to pursue artificial intelligence further with a strong foundation.”

– Divya Ganesan, Stanford University, Castilleja High School alum

AI + Politics: Fake News Detection

Applications for our 2021 programs are open! The deadline to apply is September 30th.

Click on each picture below to learn more...

YWE 2022 Fall Academic Scholarship Application Is OPEN! Don't wait! Apply today!

Women Energy Network (WEN) will award $10,000 in scholarships to ten (10) high school senior girls from the greater Houston area.

Ladies are you ready to "Rule This World"?

The scholarship application is now live! Click HERE to apply!

If you have any questions regarding the Scholarship Application process or the distribution of scholarship funds, please email the WEN Scholarship Committee at

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022

Started in 1942 as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, the Regeneron Science Talent Search recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges. Each year, nearly 1,900 students enter submitting original research in critically important scientific fields of study. Unique among high school competitions, it focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the most promising scientists among the nation’s high school seniors. Applications close Nov 10.



A NASA-unique STEM opportunity for Texas high school juniors could lead to a weeklong virtual summer experience with scientists and engineers and a two-day residential onsite experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Want to know more? CLICK HERE

Elkins High School Calendar

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Field Trips/Activities Suggestions

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Academy Required Courses

Please check your schedule and make sure you are enrolled in your academy required courses.

Grade 9th - Introduction to Engineering and Design, AAC/AP Math and AAC/APScience

Grade 10th - Engineering Science, AAC/AP Math and AAC/AP Science

Grade 11th - Aero OR Civil Engineering, AAC/AP Math and AAC/AP Science

Grade 12th - Engineering Design and Development, AAC/AP Math and AAC/AP Science

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Engineering Academy students are required to complete 25 hours a year of volunteering. That breaks down to 12.5 hours each semester. You will be able to find volunteer opportunities in each weeks newsletter.

Fall 12.5 Volunteer Hours Due December 9th
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Send A Smile Today Volunteer Opportunity

Do you wish to volunteer with Send A Smile Today™ to earn community service hours? Here are the guidelines for earning volunteer hours:



Click here for our card making guidelines for further details.

Houston Audubon Volunteer Opportunities

Founded by volunteers in 1969, the mission of Houston Audubon is to advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments.

From supporting our staff at our headquarters, to maintaining trails on our Bird Sanctuaries, to increasing appreciation and understanding of birds throughout Houston, and more, volunteers are the lifeblood of Houston Audubon!

Read below to learn more about our current volunteers needs and how you can get involved in helping protect bird habitat in your community. Click the link below for more information

Second Mile

Whether you love to work one-on-one with people in need or to work diligently behind the scenes, we have a place for you. People like you give their time and talents to help us serve our neighbors through the most devastating moments of their life. We could not do this work without generous volunteers. Volunteers ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    1. Before your volunteer session and for a quicker check-in, complete this online volunteer application:
    2. Please be sure to sign in at the volunteer kiosk and sign out after volunteering. We will not be able to process your volunteer records without these steps.

    Mask Mandate Update (August 2021)

    In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines and with the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, masks are required for all individuals who enter Second Mile.

    Thank you for your help in supporting this ministry while prioritizing the health of our community.


This is a virtual/digital volunteer opportunity. Student need to sign up to volunteer. By signing up Smithsonian will record your date and time under "MY WORK" when you log in to transcribe. However, it will not track the amount of time you spend on each document. Therefore, each completed document you will receive .5 hours of credit. There is a 3 HOURs MAX for this volunteer opportunity. Take a screen of your "My Work" page showing your name and completed pages to get credit. No signature is need for this volunteer opportunity. CLICK HERE for more information about tracking your volunteer work with the Smithsonian




Please join us in saving lives by preparing medical supplies for shipment to hospitals and clinics in need around the world. Activities may include organizing warehouse inventory, sorting medical supplies, supporting administrative efforts, pulling for and loading containers, or other projects to be accomplished for the day. This will be a fun, engaging, and hands-on experience.

Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. Project C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment needed to deliver healthcare in communities. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to people in need in more than 130 countries.

  1. Go to this link:
  2. Scroll to the calendar and select a date which you are available (Make sure to go fast, spots are filling up!)
  3. Select “Sign Up” and “Create new account”
  4. Once you have created your account, you will be emailed a confirmation
  5. Students below 18 must print/ fill out a waiver form signed by their parent/guardian and bring it to the event *The waiver will be in your email confirmation
  6. New volunteers must arrive 10-15 minutes early to their volunteer slot for an orientation

Important Information:

Thank you for volunteering to serve with Project C.U.R.E.

Project C.U.R.E.’s Houston facility is located at 8303 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77055. We are located in Spring Branch near the intersection of Bingle and Kempwood.

Before arriving, please review the safety guidelines in this video.

Also, please keep the following in mind:

  • Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes in the warehouse.
  • Please dress comfortably and wear weather appropriate clothing - the warehouse can be warm in the summer and cool in the winter.
  • Some of our tasks can be physically demanding but are always optional
  • Minimum age to volunteer is 15 (under 18 requires parent/legal guardian signed consent in advance).

We look forward to working with you soon! Thanks for your interest in helping in our mission of "delivering Health & Hope to the world!"

The safety of our volunteers and staff is our top priority. We are taking all possible precautions. During your volunteer time, we will be following CDC recommendations and all volunteers and staff are required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask and gloves. If you have your own mask, please bring it to your volunteer session. Disposable masks will be provided if needed. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer throughout your volunteer session. Please do not come volunteer if you are feeling ill or have been in contact with someone feeling ill. Your support in maintaining a safe facility is tremendously appreciated!

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Attire: Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes. We recommend comfortable, weather-appropriate attire that you don't mind getting dusty. The warehouse is colder in winters and warmer in summers.
  • Timing: Please arrive on time. You will be led by a Volunteer Leader and they will need adequate time to explain to you what will need to be done.
  • Food/drink: You are welcome to bring water and small snacks with you if you wish.
  • Age: The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old; volunteers younger than 18 years old will need parent/legal guardian consent signature.
  • Cancellation concern: If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration so we do not schedule staff unnecessarily.

We look forward to working with you soon! Thank you for helping us in delivering health and hope to the world.

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Alison Engineering Online Courses


Select a course that interest you. Most course are 1-3 hours along working at your own pace. Once you successfully completed the course you will see a certificate of completion. Screen shot the certificate. Insert the certificate picture into the enrichment form and upload it to Schoology.

*Only one online enrichment pre semester.

Congressional App Challenge 2021

The annual Congressional App Challenge works to inspire students in congressional districts across the country through hands-on practice with coding and computer science. The contest is an opportunity for young people to cultivate their skills in these STEM disciplines and to begin thinking about their futures in any of the many American industries that will rely on emerging technologies and STEM innovation in the coming years. Finally, the competition seeks to actively include students from communities that have been underrepresented in the tech industry, and encourage them to envision a future in this important field. Deadline to submit apps is Nov 1st.


Fall Enrichments Due December 9th


4 enrichments are required for the school year. We recommend you do 1 per 9 weeks or 2 per semester.

Enrichment and Volunteer Instruction Video

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College Career Military Readiness

Mrs. Carter, your College and Career Advisor is available for students to seek advice in regards to postsecondary planning, assist with college applications, applying for scholarships, revise college essays, inform students about different colleges, and assist with Military recruitment. Parents are also welcome to reach out to Mrs. Carter if they have questions and concerns regarding post-secondary education/careers.

Email -

CLICK HERE for Elkins CCMR website



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Engineering Academy Student Website

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Listen to the Wellness Tool Box Podcast

This is a PODCAST is host and produce by one of our very own Janavi Seshadri Check out her Podcast at

Academy Bus Routes for 2021-2022 School Year

Counseling Alpha Split

CLICK HERE for view the counselor split.

Also has your counselor contact information.


Schoology Codes: All 9th grade students, make sure you join the Class of 2025 Schoology course. This is where you can upload your enrichment form to receive credit.

Class of 2022 - 944J5-PCV4R

Class of 2023 - W7TJ-WW8J-R5GKD

Class of 2024 - ZTXJ-BPF7-QJ5Z8

Class of 2025 - HHQ6-9QZ9-Q8D72

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