sweetSTEAM Newsletter

Sweetwater Union High School District - March 17, 2017

Are you ready for SPRING BREAK?

This has been a busy quarter for the STEAM world in Sweetwater Union High School District; Science & Engineering Fair, Vex Robotics, FIRST Robotics, Math Field Day, MESA Day, MakerPlace Program, CyberSecurity, and diverse STEM/STEAM events.


You will be amazed with all the updates! Take a look at the pictures and videos, find your friends and let them know that they made it on the sweetSTEAM Newsletter!

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UPDATES & NEWS !!!

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2017 SUHSD Science, Engineering & Computer Science Fair

On February 7th, Sweetwater Union HSD hosted its annual Science & Engineering Fair at Otay Ranch High School. Congratulations to all participants and good luck to our students moving forward to the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair.

Full details HERE

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Dream Big – Sneak Peek Trailer

Making the impossible, POSSIBLE! . . . Are you ready to change the world?

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2017 SDSU MESA Day

Every year MESA-SDSU hosts competitions among all MESA Program schools. Student teams compete to test and demonstrate their engineering projects.

Southwest High School, Sweetwater High School, and Granger Jr. High School participated this year. Our students secured top places in several competitions.

Check out more details HERE

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Sweetwater Union High School District Teachers Of The Year!

Math and Science Teachers

  • Shannon Chamberlin (Castle Park Middle) Science
  • Miguel Marin (Granger Jr.) Science
  • Melody Morris (Olympian High) Math


  • Missy Lawler (Sweetwater High)
  • Cynthia Roncoroni (Southwest High)
  • Kerry Siglin (Montgomery Middle)

CONGRATULATIONS!

STEM EXPO DAY at PETCO Park

2017 California VEX Championship

9 VEX Robotics teams from Sweetwater Union High School District participated at the California State Championships in Pomona on March 11, 2017


Here are the results:

Montgomery High School

VEX Robotics Teams: 3250B & 3250D

Principal: Tom Rodrigo

Coach: Joe Amaro


Aztec Robotics teams represented our district and their school with pride. They ranked top 15 in the state championship!

Otay Ranch High School

VEX Robotics Teams: 507B, 507D, & 507E

Principal: Jose Brosz

Coach: Hayley Salazar & Chad Pearson


Great participation from Mustang Robotics, they ranked top ten in the state championship!

California VEX CHAMPIONS!

San Ysidro High School

VEX Robotic Team: 8301D

Principal: Hector Espinoza

Coach: Carrie Northum


WON the State Championship in an alliance with teams 6627B from Foothill High School and 6007 from Harvard-Westlake/Cleveland

Rancho Del Rey Middle School

VEX Robotics Teams: 6446A, 6446B, & 6446C

Principal: Anna Pedroza

Coach: Kirk Braito


Royal robotics performed in the top 15 of the middle school state championship division and Team 6446B received the "Design Award" that qualifies it for the VEX Worlds Competition!

2017 VEX WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP

SUHSD District VEX Teams to the VEX Worlds:

8301D San Ysidro High & 6446B Rancho Del Rey Middle


2017 VEX Worlds Championship will take place on April 19-22, 2017 at Kentucky Exposition Center. Our VEX teams will face teams not just within our country but from around the world; Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, among others.


Go Sweetwater VEX Robotics !!!

Best of Luck to 8301D & 6446B !!!

Team 8301D from San Ysidro High School

Students:

Priscilla Casas, Miguel Chavarin, Ricardo Cota, Isaac Flores Cisneros, German Valdez, and Kevin Villanueva.


Coach: Carrie Northum

Team 6446B from Rancho Del Rey Middle School

Students:

Brandon Dequito, Emily Lahr, Jinwoo Park, and Sarah Yager


Coach: Kirk Braito

What to expect at 2017 VEX WORLDS!

2016 VEX Worlds Overview
VEX Robotics World Championship on ESPN2

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2017 Inaugural Sweetwater Union HSD STEAM Family Night at Montgomery High School

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18th Annual Math Field Day (MFD)

2017 MFD

On March 11, 2017 Sweetwater Union HSD hosted its annual Math Field Day. 11 SUHSD schools participated in this fun event. Congratulations to all participants!


Check out the results and more pictures HERE

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Classroom of the Future 2017 Innovate Award

Congratulations to NAVAIR/SWEETWATER Quadcopter Challenge Program for receiving the Innovate Award from Classroom of the Future Foundation.


Details about NAVAIR/Sweetwater Quadcopter Program HERE

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SUHSD schools & students Celebrated Pi Day on March 14, 2017

March 14 is recognized across the math world as Pi Day, thanks to the resemblance of the date "3/14" to the first three digits of mathematics' most famous constant.


Find your birthday hidden in Pi

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San Diego FIRST Robotics Competition

San Diego FIRST Regional Competition took place on March 8-11, 2017 at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Here are the highlights:

Eastlake High School | FRC # 2543 "TitanBot"

Coach: Mr. Joel Foust Principal: Ms. Maria E. Lizarraga


TitanBot ranked 8th and participated in quarterfinals. It's robot driver was ranked in the top 15th best drivers of the regional. Very Good Job Titans!


TitanBot next event Sacramento Regional on March 22-25 Good Luck!

Sweetwater High School | FRC # 3704 "RoboSapiens"

Coach: Mr. Hiram Villafana Principal: Ms. Maribel Gavin


RoboSapiens had tough luck in their alliance ranking matches. They ranked 55th with a record of 2-5-1 (W-L-T). Well played Devils!

Montgomery High School | FRC # 4616 "Pharaohs"

Coach: Mr. J. Bernardo Escobedo Principal: Mr. Tom Rodrigo


The Pharaohs had a record of 4-3-1 (W-L-T) and ranked 28th in the regional. Good Job Aztecs!

Southwest High School | FRC # 5627 "Pi-rtz"

Coaches: Dr. Hector Arias & Mr. Jesus Arias Principal: Mr. Lee Romero


The Pi-rtz robot driver ranked 7th in the regional! After qualification matches, the team ranked 11th with a record of 5-3-0 (W-L-T). Team FRC 5627 took home several awards:



  • Xavier Balladarez received FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award
  • Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
  • Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories



CONGRATULATIONS PIRATES!

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Looking ahead...

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SeaPerch (Underwater Robotics Middle Schools)

Mar Vista Academy SeaPerch Teams under the leadership of Alicia Johal -Science Teacher- are getting ready to participate in San Diego SeaPerch competition on April 8th at Grossmont Community College.

Good luck Vikings!

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SDSU Science & Engineering Sampler Sat. March 18 [9am-2pm]

San Diego State University is hosting their annual Science and Engineering Sampler as part of Explore SDSU. The event targets K-12 students and their families and showcases nearly 30 interactive activities including telescopes, laser demonstrations, and robotics. For more details, please visit their website: http://sci.sdsu.edu/sampler/

Flyer with full details HERE

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It Takes a Village..... to STEAM

If you are a parent, a district staff, or a community member you can help our students through their educational journey by volunteering in our STEAM activities and programs.


Take the Survey and forge the future HERE.

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Follow us on Twitter @SUHSD_STEAM & share your STEAM news in Twitter #sweetSTEAM

or email the STEAM Programs Coordinator to share your SUHSD STEAM programs, activities, and events at jesus.ulloa-higuera@sweetwaterschools.org

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SUHSD Board Members

Arturo Solis -President-, Paula Hall, Nicholas Segura, Kevin J. Pike, , Frank A. Tarantino Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney

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