ENGINEERING ACADEMY Weekly Updates

Week of January 18, 2021

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NO SCHOOL MONDAY (JAN. 18TH) IN OBSERVANCE OF MKL DAY

ATTENTION 9TH GRADERS YES Volunteer Application

if you have not turn in an Elkins YES Volunteer Application please submit one to Ms. Andrea Adam at ANDREA.ADAMS@FORTBENDISD.COM.

Student's Spotlight

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.

CLICK HERE FOR FORM

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Enrichments

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.


Schoology Codes


Class of 2021- 42F32-3KMG7

Class of 2022 - TS63D-BX5CP

Class of 2023 - 65X8-HWNW-KJF7M

Class of 2024 - 83J4-D2CT-PTPG7

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:

These are cross functional skills that work across many aspects of life.


https://www.lifehack.org/free-classes

The Michael G. Meyers Design & Scholarship 2021 Competition

The Michael G. Meyers Committee (MGMC) Student and Teacher Workshop registration is open! Register here. You must find a teacher sponsor to work with your team.

This year’s Student & Teacher Workshop will be held online using Zoom. For the online workshop, we will need each student that is participating to register by Thursday, January 21. This year’s workshop will be held on Saturday, January 23, 9am-1pm. If you’ve not attended before, this is a really fun event. We cram the entire first year of architecture school into three hours and introduce this year’s design program to students and teachers. Students work in small groups with architects on a series of architectural exercises. This year’s challenge will be announced at the Student and Teacher Workshop in January. In the past students have been asked to design a multi-purpose building for Houston’s Third Ward, a soccer stadium, a museum, a recycling center, and many others. Students can work in groups or as individuals.

This year, students are being asked to gather materials from around their house for a series of sketching exercises and model building. A suggested list of materials can be found here.


Mark your calendar for these upcoming virtual MGMC events
Project Site Tour / Saturday, February 27
Interim Review / Saturday, March 27

Projects Due / Friday, April 30

Awards Ceremony / Monday, May 17


An questions can be direct to Jennifer Ward (ArCH Associate Director) @ jennifer@aiahouston.org


Click on the attached PDF file to learn more about the competition.

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.

Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at HCC Info Sessions:

Additional Dates for the Texas A&M Chevron Engineering Academy @ HCC Info Session


· Dec. 16 at 6pm: tx.ag/hcc1216

· Jan. 6 at 6pm: tx.ag/hcc16

· Jan. 14 at 6pm: tx.ag/hcc114

· Jan. 28 at 6pm: tx.ag/hcc128

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.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE...

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.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE...

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Spring Volunteer Hours

The spring volunteer hours for academy for the spring semester will be 12.5 hours. Please make sure to plan accordingly to completed your hours. We will no longer be accepting the Color A Smile hours for the spring semester.


By the end of this school year you have a total of


Freshmen - 9th Graders: 18.5 hours

Sophomore - 10th Grade: 31 hours

Juniors - 11th Grade: 56 hours

Senior - 81 hours (for graduation)

BookShare

BookShare.Org offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.

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 @ donald.lam@fortbendisd.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.


CLICK HERE FOR LEARN MORE...

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.

Thanks,


Mrs. Sands

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HCC Engineering Partnership with UT@Tyler, Texas A&M and UH

Goal: Provide affordable, convenient, and supportive pathways to enable students to successfully complete the first two years of an engineering degree. In 2012, 48 HCC students enrolled as declared engineering majors. Today, that number is over 3000 students (unduplicated annual headcount).


*My nephew Austin went through this program and starting his classes at Texas A&M this coming Tuesday studying Mechanical Engineering



Engineering Partnerships:

University of Texas at Tyler: www.hccs.edu/engineering-utt

Through this unique program and the engineering partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler, you have an opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in engineering that is conveniently located at the HCC Alief-Hayes campus, affordable at less than $24,000 for a four year degree (in-district tuition), seamlessly aligned with the UT Tyler curriculum, and ABET accredited.

Video: http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/124722/uiconf_id/20603382/entry_id/0_8hhmifdp/embed/iframe?&flashvars%5bstreamerType%5d=auto



Texas A&M/Chevron Engineering Academy: https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/science-technology-engineering--math/engineering/tamu-academy/ The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Houston Community College is an innovative co-enrollment program that provides a pathway to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Students admitted to the Engineering Academy are co-enrolled at Texas A&M University in the College of Engineering and HCC. The program is based at the HCC Spring Branch campus.



University of Houston – UH/HCC Engineering Academy at Katy:



Did you know Houston Community College offers an Associate of Science in Engineering Science (ASES) degree program? www.hccs.edu/engineers

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.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

HOW TO APPLY TO COLLEGE CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE...

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

transport.support@fortbendisd.com.


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.

FBISD Technology Resources

If you need assistance or questions about technology issues, please CLICK HERE

Remind Code

Join remind to get the latest academy news and updates


Text the correct code to the number 81010


Class of 2021:​ remind.com/join/eaco-2021
Class of 2022: ​​remind.com/join/eaco-2022
Class of 2023: ​remind.com/join/eaco-2023
Class of 2024: remind.com/join/eaco-2024

Schoology

Schoology Codes


Class of 2021 - 3PXGJ-ZX2NB

Class of 2022 - 944J5-PCV4R

Class of 2023 - W7TJ-WW8J-R5GKD

Class of 2024 - NQK8-BJ8F-KHGC3

Student Body Meeting Dates

Student Body Meeting Dates (Currently all student body meeting will be virtual). All Student Body Meeting is eligible as an enrichment credit.


  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 8
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
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