ENGINEERING ACADEMY Weekly Updates
Week of April 12, 2021
Engineering Academy Career Fair (Enrichment Credit Offer)
Saturday, April 17th, 9am
This is an online event.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9am-12pm, Zoom.
· For each 30-minute time slot, attendees may choose which presentation (A, B, or C) that they want to listen to. Each group will have a different Zoom link, and attendees may move around freely using these links.
· Each 30-minute session will include a 15-minute presentation, 10-minute Q&A, and 5-minute break.
· Academy students: For every 3 sessions you actively listen to and participate in (Q&A), you can earn one enrichment credit, for up to 2 credits.
All students, parents, educators, and professionals are welcome to attend, not just Academy members!
Find the speaker schedule and bios here.
April 13 Engineering Academy Meeting has been canceled.
SPRING SEMESTER EXAM EXEMPTION CRITERIA 2021(Click PDF form below for more details)
We would like to start highlighting our outstanding Academy students and their accomplishments in and outside of school. If your student has won an award, received a scholarship, participated in a competitive summer program, etc. please submit this Google Form. We will post your student's accomplishment in/on the varies academy social media platforms and they may be featured in other community publication.
When you have completed your enrichment activities, fill out the academies enrichment form and upload to your class school course. If you have not join the course the course code is below.
Class of 2021- 42F32-3KMG7
Class of 2022 - TS63D-BX5CP
Class of 2023 - 65X8-HWNW-KJF7M
Class of 2024 - NQK8-BJ8F-KHGC3
Online Building Valuable Skill Set for Life
Lifehack believes in skills that multiply your time, energy and overall quality of life.
In this rapid changing world, traditional education skills just don’t cut it anymore. You can’t afford to take years learning a skill you’ll never really practice. below are the three free courses which aim to train some of the Core Life Multipliers including:
- how to learn faster – Spark Your Learning Genius
- how to stay motivated – Activate Your Motivation
- how to stop procrastinating to sharpen your focus – No More Procrastination
These are cross functional skills that work across many aspects of life.
FREE CyberSecurity Training opportunity for US high school students - Sponsored by SANS
It’s a fast, fun, free way to accelerate cybersecurity skills -> It’s open
to all high school students of all abilities in the US -> Students can qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through the program – a life-changing opportunity -> No prior experience is necessary -> It teaches invaluable industry skills such as Python coding, networking and forensics -> Everything is taught via a fun gamified environment -> It’s a collaborative, sociable platform with an encouraging, community feel
Timeline of CyberStart America
· October 30th – Registration Opened for CSA
· March 8th, 2021 – Cut-off date to qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition through CyberStart Game – participants need to complete at least 20% of Game to qualify.
· April 4th – CyberStart Game Closes
· April 5th-6th – National Cyber Scholarship Competition
· May 18th – National Cyber Scholarship winners announced.
Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE
Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online and at no charge. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. The SEE course portfolio includes one of Stanford's most popular sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science, taken by the majority of Stanford’s undergraduates, as well as more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering.
· View complete lecture videos via streaming or downloaded media—anytime, anywhere—on your PC, Mac or mobile device.
· Access full course materials including syllabi, handouts, homework, and exams.
Online Enrichment Through Alison
You can select the topic you want to learn about. Email me the course link and name for approval before you take it. These are free courses, DO NOT PAY for anything. Take a picture of the screen when you complete the course as your evidence. Insert the picture into the enrichment form https://alison.com/courses/science
Online Enrichment Through EdX
You can select the topic you want to learn about. Email me the course link and name for approval before you take it. These are free courses, DO NOT PAY for anything. Take a picture of the screen when you complete the course as your evidence. Insert the picture into the enrichment form https://www.edx.org/
Private Frontier Student Contest
Our new contests have launched! Inspired by SpaceX, this year's contest topic has students examining the relationship between entrepreneurship & innovation — $20,000 in cash prizes.
Create a Card for Hope Kit
Spread smiles by sharing your art or a few words of encouragement. Small cards made of a half-sheet of folded construction paper are inserted in our Hope Kits. Each card features a drawing or a quick positive message. Create hope by creating cards for kits!
1. Construction paper or similarly colored paper / card stock
2. Markers or crayons
Make as many cards as you can according to the instructions. When finished, mail your cards to Hope and Comfort, 659 Highland Ave (rear lower level), Needham, MA 02494. For questions, contact Abby MacDonald at email@example.com.
*4 cards = 1 hours of volunteering, Max hours you may earned on this activity is 3 hours or 12 cards. Email a picture of your cards and volunteer form to Ms. MacDonald @ firstname.lastname@example.org for a signature.
Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that literally wouldn’t be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you’d like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.
How Submit Your Hours
For every 25 classifications you completed is equal to 1 volunteer hours. Email your volunteer form to me. Make sure to include a screen shot of your total classification you have completed on the Zooniverse website.
InterSTEM is a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to get involved in various aspects of STEM! Working with high school students across the world to create podcasts, write blog articles, and host STEM contests has been an incredible experience and taught me so many valuable lessons that will definitely benefit me in the future!
Writer, editor, and tutor descriptions can be found here, as well as the google forms for their applications:
Create a Short Video Promoting the Engineering Academy
Promote your academy while earning volunteer hours!
Create a 30 second - 1 minute video/advertisement that encourages Middle School students and their parents to apply to the Engineering Academy.
The 30 second advertisement needs to include:
- Your favorite thing about the academy
- What you have got out of being in the academy
- What events, enrichments, and/or volunteer opportunities have you enjoyed (or what has 'spoken' to you)
- Why you would recommend joining the academy
Remember any images, sounds, or songs you use must fall under the fair use policy (Example: Do not take a popular song and use it as your background music, as this violates copyright).
Please email a link to your completed video to Mr. Lam @ email@example.com Once the video has been approved you will earn 3 volunteer hours.
Tutor Children Virtually With TeensGive
Our virtual volunteering options are a dream come true for our volunteers and their parents alike by removing the transportation component and opening up communities well beyond our local area and allowing direct interaction with people that need our help.
Sessions are delivered via laptops and even phones and are all recorded to ensure quality and safety.
Archive Historical Documents
Fans of history may be interested in becoming citizen archivists for a non-profit organization such as the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Would you enjoy transcribing speeches made by Franklin Roosevelt, case histories made by the Tennessee Valley Authority during the Great Depression, or cataloguing Purple Hearts awarded between 1942-1963? All of these tasks are awaiting the help of virtual volunteers right now. The Smithsonian also engages citizen scholars in tasks such as transcribing diaries of prominent Americans or joining the Wikipedia Volunteer Program’s efforts to strengthen the website’s offerings on Smithsonian-relevant content.
YES Hours Important Please Review
IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER OF THIS ORGANIZATION, STOP HERE AND DELETE THIS MESSAGE!!
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN APPLICATION AND ARE ACTIVELY EARNING SERVICE HOURS OR ARE INTERESTED IN DOING SO, PLEASE CONTINUE READING TO REVIEW THE ENCLOSED UPDATES.
As you all know, many things have changed because of COVID-19 and its subsequent restrictions. Just as some of you are attending classes face to face while others are receiving virtual instruction, I too am working remotely from home. This has made the standard practices of receiving, logging, and updating Y.E.S. hours very different and somewhat challenging. As opposed to being the primary point of contact, I have been able to enlist the assistance of a colleague to make it a bit easier and more feasible for everyone involved.
IF YOU ARE A STUDENT THAT ATTENDS FACE TO FACE CLASSES, PLEASE TURN YOUR SERVICE HOUR DOCUMENTATION FORMS IN TO THE Y.E.S. BUCKET THAT IS LOCATED IN THE COUNSELORS' OFFICE (ROOM 402).
IF YOU ARE A STUDENT THAT RECEIVES VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR SERVICE HOUR DOCUMENTATION FORMS TO MS. ADAMS AT ANDREA.ADAMS@FORTBENDISD.COM.
In either case, these documents will be gathered and reviewed once every two weeks. After this is done and the service completed is approved, the hours will be entered, updated, and properly filed. If the service completed is not approved you will be notified.
Please exercise patience and flexibility as we recalibrate our methods during this time.
JP Morgan Chase Generation Tech
JP Morgan will be hosting their annual Generation Tech Event this year on Saturday, March 13, 2021, they’re looking to recruit as many High School students as possible who are interested in tech.
Registration will be handled by a lottery system, please register to attend at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y3ser3n2
Download below flyer for more information...
ACE Mentor Program Application Open
The ACE Mentor Program Houston is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping. Already, thousands of students have enjoyed the exciting projects, informative field trips and other engaging activities that make up the ACE experience free of cost and without any GPA requirements for participation.
CLICK THE BELOW PDF FILE TO LEARN MORE
College Board Scholarship for Class of 2024
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open for class of 2022 students. The program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get to college. For each step that a student completes, they’ll earn a chance at a $500 scholarship. When a student completes all six, they’ll earn a chance at $40,000 for their college education.
More than 7,000 students will earn a scholarship each year, nearly double the number of winners recognized in previous years.
At least half of all the scholarships—over $2 million each year—are awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.
The Aggie Homework Helpline
The Aggie Homework Helpline (AHH) is an initiative to help provide quality, free online tutoring to PK-12 learners and families. The mission of the AHH is to connect Texas families and school district partners with Aggie tutors and education interns who are committed to improving learning outcomes for PK-12 students.
Tutoring appointments through the AHH can be scheduled between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. CST Friday.
The Coolidge Scholarship
The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.
This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.
Questions About Transportation
I know some of you have been asking about transportation for academies students who have chosen to return to face to face instructions. It's my hope after the district has a better picture of the number of students request face-to-face instruction, FBISD transportation will be better able to coordinate bus routes for pick-up and drop-off. If you have specific questions about your child transportation you can contact FBISD Transportation at (281) 634-4077 or email them at
For further concerns or questions you can always go on FBISD Let's Talk and voice your concerns or questions. This is the best way for FBISD leadership to hear your concerns and questions.
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