Helix CTE EDGE Updates

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Congrats to Giff Asimos

Our Business/Entrepreneurship Pathway Lead was selected as one of the great teachers in East County Education.


Celebrating the Talented People Working in Our Districts


East County Schools is sharing the work of great people, programs and sites with the school districts that East County Schools serves. Each month, they highlight several stories and are always looking for new opportunities that focus on innovative people or programs that school/district community would be proud to share within and to the rest of our districts.

Below is our very own! Congrats again!

Helix Charter High School Business and Entrepreneurship CTE Pathway 2020

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Congratulations to Eric Ginsberg in receiving CATE 2020 Classroom Excellence award.

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Congrats Eric

Inquire within about our education pathway! It is a great time to become a teacher and learn universal design and social emotional learning!

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Business/Entrepreneur Students Practice their pitches for their Businesses for Junior Achievement

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Click below for videos to see the Business students in action!

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Congrats to MESA Club

It's an exciting year for MESA teams at SDSU. All Helix teams placed in their divisions.

1st placed teams will continue on to regional in April at UCR.


These 1st Place Teams are continuing on to Regionals:

NEDC- National Engineering Design Competition

Miguel Talamontez, Alex Chau, Mahmoud Salem and Nick Smith

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Latin America has seen a rise in female STEM entrepreneurs, thanks to an influx of accelerators and mentoring initiatives to get more women involved in science, tech, engineering and math fields.

Susana Garcia Robles of IDB Lab, which supports early-stage ventures in Latin America and the Caribbean, said the mindset is changing around investing in women-owned companies.

One reason, she said, is that more tech accelerators have begun to pop up south of the border and they are “much less picky” than traditional investors about the startups they back.

“Accelerators in Latin America have opened the gates wide open to give more opportunities to women,” said Garcia Robles. “Because they are much more inclusive, by default, they include a lot more companies run by women.”

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ACE Students are gearing up for Banquet and Scholarships

Our ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) students are busy writing their essays and getting their letters of recommendation in to win scholarships are the banquet this May.


ACE is a FREE afterschool program led by volunteer professionals working in the design and construction industry. ACE Mentor annually excites 9,000 students from 1,000 high schools about careers in architecture, engineering, construction and the skilled trades. 70 affiliates (chapters) operate in 36 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.Almost 70% of ACE students study industry-related fields in college or enter a skilled trades training program. ACE minority and female students enter college engineering and architecture programs at significantly higher rates than their national peers.

About ACE San Diego: In 2003, a group of local architects, engineers and general contractors founded ACE Mentor San Diego. We are excited to begin our fifteenth year in the program which has graduated and funded hundreds of high school students to pursue their degrees and enter the local workforce. The ACE Mentor program gives high school students an inside look at the wealth of career opportunities available to them in the building and design industries.

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A new generation of women welders is rocking a male-dominated industry.

In 2010, women made up just 4% of the welding workforce. Eight years later, that number that had only increased by 1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But a new generation of women welders is looking to change that statistic—and the face of the industry.

Megan is one such woman who found a career in a man’s profession. As a high school student, she didn’t set out to defy longstanding gender stereotypes. She just wanted to gain a lifelong, marketable skill in the high-demand field of welding. “My dad was very supportive of me learning a skill that most women don’t know and ‘back in the day’ wouldn’t even want to learn,” she says.

Unlike other manufacturing positions that can be sent offshore, welding is most often done on site. As a result, the welding industry in the U.S. is expected to grow 6% by 2026—and there aren’t enough skilled welders to meet demand.

While previous initiatives to attract women to the field focused on career benefits like high wages and job security, newer programs like Weld Like A Girl™ and Women Who Weld provide women-focused training programs that make the craft accessible and affordable to an untapped female workforce.

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Epic Cycling | Truly Unique Bicycle that Walks

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When the first all-female spacewalk almost didn’t happen earlier this spring because NASA lacked enough spacesuits to fit the women astronauts, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summed up the public outcry in three words: “Make another suit.” And while no one wanted that spacewalk to happen more than Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go into space, Ochoa remembers laughing at Clinton’s pithy tweet.

“I read about that and I thought, ‘If only!’” Ochoa told Know Your Value, noting the suits were decades old and impossible to reproduce quickly. Ochoa would know; she joined NASA as a research engineer and retired 30 years later as the second female and first Hispanic Director of the Johnson Space Center. She logged nearly 1,000 hours in orbit over the course of four space missions.

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There has always been a dearth of women in the field of science despite their phenomenal talent. Vinita Marwaha Madill, an advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), aims to not only work towards broadening this “acceptance”, but also to encourage young girls to realise their true passion and build on it.

Having grown up in the United Kingdom, the Indian-origin woman is currently based at the European Space Agency (ESA) where she is working on future human spaceflight projects as a Space Operations Engineer. Vinita has also been involved in spacesuit design for the ESA. Alongside holding several designations, Vinita, who is in her early-30s, has also started a platform, Rocket Women, to inspire women around the world and provide advice on working in the space and technology industries. SheThePeople.TV spoke with Vinita about Rocket Women, women in STEM, and how we can make the field an equal place.

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The Virgin Islands although small is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world. These local young women are some of the trailblazers who are striving to accomplish great things in the STEM field. They’re also helping to inspire the next wave of scientist who will help answer and solve the Virgin Island’s toughest problems.


Shelsa Marcel is a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of The Virgin Islands with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. She is currently on track to have her Doctorate’s in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology by Mid 2020, She is also a 2019 recipient of the nationally renowned HHMI Gilliams Fellowship.

Using her resources, education, grace, confidence and ingenuity, soon-to-be Dr. Marcel is striving to create a pathway in which the next generation of women in STEM can succeed. She looks forward to being in a position to help inspire and influence those around her. She strives to represent the great work that a woman from the Virgin Islands can and will accomplish.

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Please join SDCOE and our partners for our inaugural CreaTech Student Event, a free one-day conference in which students will interact with industry partners from the ICT sector and participate in hands-on breakout sessions where they will apply skills in cybersecurity, robotics, and graphic design. We will send out a flyer and registration information in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars for Wed, April 15th.

Event Details

Where: SDCOE Innovation Campus, 2202 Comstock Street, San Diego, CA 92111 (formerly Thrive High School)

When: Wednesday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Who: High School students grades 10-12 interested in ICT careers (120 total attendees)

Cost: FREE

Agenda:

  • 8:30-9:00 - Check-in
  • 9:00-9:10 – Welcome
  • 9:15-9:50 – Industry Panel
  • 10:00-10:45 - Session 1
  • 10:50 -11:35 - Session 2
  • 11:40-12:10 - Lunch
  • 12:15-1:00 - Session 3
  • 1:00-1:30 - Close

Schools must provide their own transportation. If you have any questions, please contact Sonia.Lira@sdcoe.net.

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