sweetSTEAM Newsletter

Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) Feb 23, 2018

"Think * Believe * Dream" - W. Disney

In this issue you will be amazed with all the STEAM activities and programs across Sweetwater Union High School District's schools. Don't miss all the local STEAM opportunities offered by USD and the annual San Diego Festival of Science activities starting on March, including "South Bay: STEM in your Backyard" hosted by Castle Park High School.


As you start selecting your classes for next year, if you are in high school consider CTE courses like Introduction to Design, Digital Electronics, Introduction to Robotics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Go BIG! and take AP STEM classes like AP Computer Science Principles, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, and more. Participate & get involved in your education!

The BIG Engineering behind Olympic Snowboarding's Air Event

A jump with the exact proportions of the launch ramp for snowboarding’s big air event, which made its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, does not exist in nature. It must be built. And so, impeccably orchestrated teams of engineers, ice suppliers, snow makers, crane operators, up riggers, down riggers, scaffold designers, do exactly that.

Details HERE

UPDATES & NEWS !!!

Have you met the new SUHSD staff member? MARIA, SWEETWATER

This is a pilot program to expose students to coding using a NAO robot. The pilot is running at Montgomery Middle School under Ms. Wood's guidance and the support of Mr. Zumstein, school principal.
Maria Sweetwater

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Sweetwater Science and Engineering Fair

Sweetwater Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) took place on February 8, 2018 at Otay Ranch High School

Event snapshot:

Middle School Division

Middle School Sweepstakes: [Top two projects overall]

  • NCM – Student: Patrick Dela Rosa
  • NCM – Student: Axel Marquez

Teacher: Ryan Smith

Principal: Juan Gonzalez


Middle schools:

Bonita Vista, Castle Park, Chula Vista, Eastlake, Hilltop, Montgomery, National City, Rancho Del Rey, & Southwest.

*NCM was the school with the most entries = 57 projects (Teacher: Ryan Smith)

High School Division

High School Sweepstakes: [Top two projects overall]

  • BVH – Student: Isaac Broudy

Teacher: Michelle Mardahl

Principal: Roman Del Rosario

  • EHS – Student: Megan Badea

Teacher: Cheryl Bayley

Principal: Hector Espinoza


High Schools: Bonita Vista, Eastlake, Olympian, Otay Ranch, & Sweetwater.

*ELH was the school with the most entries = 17 projects (Teacher: Cheryl Bayley)

*BVH =15 projects (Teacher Michelle Mardahl)

High schools with Computer Science entries:

OHS – Teacher: Tony Claudio (2 CS projects)

ORH – Teacher: Juan Ramirez (4 CS projects)

EHS – Teacher: Cheryl Bayley (1 CS project + 16 non-CS projects)

2018 Sweetwater Science and Engineering Fair

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Are you a High School student taking AP STEM classes?

AP Math, AP Science, AP English, & AP Computer Science courses

High schools involved: BVH, CVH, ELH, HTH, MVH, MOH, OLY, ORH, SOH, & SUH

This message is for you!


Make sure you benefit from the FREE Student Study Sessions, click on the link that corresponds with your cluster:



*Students that participate are eligible to receive free AMAZON gift cards.

* * R O B O T I C S * * [Land-Water-Air]

All district schools are involved in robotics at different levels and capacities but there is one Sweetwater school that participates in all levels of robotics.

Land: FIRST robotics & VEX robotics | Water: Seaperch | Air: Quadcopters (Drones)

Can you guess?

2017-18 Sweetwater VEX Robotics League Results

Sweetwater VEX Robotics League 2017-18

Sweetwater VEX Robotics High School League Champions

*Team 507B Otay Ranch High School
*Team 507C Otay Ranch High School

*Team 764A Southwest High School

Otay Ranch High School

Coach: Chad Pearson

Principal: Anna Pedroza


Southwest High School

Coach: Jesus & Hector Arias

Principal: Lee Romero

Inaugural Sweetwater VEX Robotics Middle School League Champions

*Team 6446AB Eastlake Middle School
*Team 6517A Eastlake Middle School

*Team 6517D Eastlake Middle School

Eastlake Middle School

Coach: Lola Estey

Principal: Ricardo Cooke

Sweetwater VEX League Excellence Award Winners

  • Otay Ranch High School Team #507C

Coach: Chad Pearson Principal: Anna Pedroza


  • Rancho Del Rey Middle School Team #6446C

Coach: Kirk Braito Principal: Juan Ulloa

These teams are moving forward to

California State VEX Robotics Championships

at Pomona on February 24-25, 2018

Congratulations to all Sweetwater VEX teams that participated!

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FIRST FRC Robotics Season On The Way

https://youtu.be/HZbdwYiCY74

San Diego FIRST FRC Robotics Regional Competition

The twelfth annual San Diego Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at the Del Mar Arena in beautiful Del Mar California, Thursday through Saturday, March 8th - 10th, 2018 (Doors open at 8:00 AM). The competition is an intense three-day competitive event showcasing robots developed and operated by dozens of high school teams from all over the world.

Sweetwater Union HSD FIRST Robotics Teams

  • Eastlake High School | FRC # 2543 "TitanBot"

Coach: Mr. Joel Foust Principal: Mr. Hector Espinoza


  • Sweetwater High School | FRC # 3704 "RoboSapiens"

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


  • Montgomery High School | FRC # 4616 "Pharaohs"

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


  • Southwest High School | FRC # 5627 "Pi-rtz"
Coaches: Dr. Hector Arias & Mr. Jesus Arias Principal: Mr. Lee Romero


  • Chula Vista High School | FRC # 7249 "CV-Spartans"
Coaches: Mr. Alain Garnica Principal: Ms. MaryRose Peralta

Good Luck to SUHSD FIRST Robotics FRC Teams!

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Seaperch (Underwater Robotics)

1st Annual Sweetwater Underwater Competition (Seaperch) -Middle Schools- April 7 @ Mar Vista High School's Pool

Join us on April 7 at Mar Vista High School's Pool for a splash of STEM education.


Teams of students work together to design and build their underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) -underwater robot- to compete against other teams accomplishing underwater tasks (missions).

Participating schools; Castle Park Middle, Granger Jr. High, Hilltop Middle, Montgomery Middle, Mar Vista Academy, and Southwest Middle.


*This event is partially sponsored by the Marine Group Boat Works THANK YOU!

Seaperch 2017 (San Diego) Sweetwater Union High School District

San Diego Regional Seaperch Competition: April 14, 2018

Get ready to submerge into STEM with your underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)! On April 14 at Grossmont College Pool, San Diego and Southern California Region, including Sweetwater Union HSD middle school teams will participate in this immersive STEM experience.

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2018 NAVAIR/SWEETWATER Quadcopter (Drone) Challenge

The 2nd Annual NAVAIR/SWEETWATER Quadcopter (Drone) Challenge will take place at Sweetwater High School on April 13-14, 2018.


Participating high school schools: Bonita Vista High, Eastlake High, Hilltop High, Montgomery High, Olympian High, Otay Ranch High, Palomar High, Southwest High, and Sweetwater High.


*This program received the 2017 INNOVATE AWARD from Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF)

https://youtu.be/O6NsNmgtq1E

SUH Robotics (Land-Water-Air)

You guessed right! Sweetwater High School participates in all levels of robotics!

VEX & FIRST Robotics coach: Hiram Villafana

Seaperch (High school division) coach: Patricia Cruz

Quadcopter (Drone) coach: David Cobian


THANK YOU NAVAIR & US-NAVY for your mentorship at SUH

Go Devils!

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Congratulations Sweetwater Cyber Teams

Sweetwater Union HSD Cyber teams participated this year in SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge:


  • Castle Park High School - Coach Daniel Pearson
  • Eastlake Middle School - Coach Tara Taylor
  • Olympian High School - Coach Tony Claudio
  • San Ysidro High School - Coach Carrie Northum


Moving on to SoCal Cyber FINALS on March 24, 2018

Eastlake Middle Cyber Team qualified in first place in the middle school division.

San Ysidro High qualified in fouth place in the high school division

Good Luck in the FINALS!

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Looking ahead...

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https://youtu.be/aDEhVq0xcXg
The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering kicks off with its largest event EXPO DAY, a daylong celebration at PETCO Park on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10am to 5pm. EXPO DAY is the Festival’s signature event, with more than 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers.


The fun continues with Festival Week (March 4-11) – eight days of learning, interaction and behind-the-scenes opportunities for pre-k through gray! Students, families, young professionals, passersby are all invited to join us for Festival Week to ignite their passion for STEM education. Details HERE.

South Bay: STEM in your Backyard!

This year, Sweetwater Union HSD has the privilege of hosting “South Bay: STEM in Your Backyard” at Castle Park High School (CPH) on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This is the product of our partnership with the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering presented by illumina foundation.


Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering in South Bay

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STEM GIRLS Conference at USD: Expanding Your Horizons

Event: Expanding Your Horizons San Diego (USD)
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9am - 3pm
Location: University of San Diego (USD)


The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is a unique opportunity for girls in grades 6 through 10 to engage in hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) led by San Diego’s top scientists, engineers, and specialists. You can learno more about it at: http://www.eyhsandiego.org/

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Sweetwater STEAM Family Night "For Student by Students"

FREE & Open to General Public! All Ages are Welcome!

Join Sweetwater Union HSD middle and high school students in this year's STEAM Family Night at Montgomery High School's Gym on March 13 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.


Explore interactive STEAM booths run by students; science of dry ice, maker space wind tunnel, non-Newtonian slime, science of sand and polymers, 3D printing, and more!


This event is supported by the San Diego Science and Engineering Festival. https://www.lovestemsd.org/


Read Flyer HERE

https://youtu.be/Lj-lg1izRxQ

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Ready to Play? Bring your Math Skills

Math Field Day (MFD) is a celebration of math where SUHSD middle schools' students participate in a variety of math games (events); battle ship, sudoku, equate, win-lose-draw, etc.

2018 Math Field Day will be hosted by Southwest Middle School on April 7th, 2018

Full Details HERE.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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Student Email Account

All SUHSD students have a student email account that is a Google email account with access to all Google features. It looks like this:

"username@sweetwaterschools.net"


You can find your account information HERE.

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What's Happening - San Diego County Office of Education Newsletter

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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

Paula Hall -President-, Kevin J. Pike -Vice President -

Nicholas Segura, Arturo Solis, Frank A. Tarantino

Dr. Karen Janney -Superintendent-

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