Thursday, March 6, 2014

Scripps Ranch High future engineers share with middle schoolers

Some of tomorrow's engineering students at Scripps Ranch High -- girls from Marshall and Wangenheim middle schools -- met up with today's engineering students recently to find out what they can expect in high school, while their parents heard about opportunities at San Diego State University.
Building a solar car
Activities included checking out the Scripps Ranch High engineering facilities, including the 3D drawing programs and building solar-powered cars. Scripps Ranch students involved in the event are all members of the Society of Women Engineers club at the high school. The club’s mission is to foster a female community and encourage students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes and careers. The club also participates in local STEM events and opportunities and is mentored by the professional chapter of the San Diego Society of Women Engineers.

While the middle school girls participated in the activities, parents attended an informational session with representatives from San Diego State University’s Project Lead the Way program and the professional chapter of the San Diego Society of Women Engineers.

The courses taught at Scripps Ranch, as well as other high schools in the district, are part of a agreement with the College of Engineering at San Diego State University. Students who follow the requirements are guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering at SDSU upon high school graduation.

The San Diego Society of Women Engineers discussed the obstacles women face in STEM careers and how to overcome the stereotypes of women in STEM fields.

Lockheed Martin, one of the sponsors for the event, provided funding for the refreshments made by the culinary arts students at Scripps Ranch and provided the take away gifts for the middle school girls. The engineering program at Scripps Ranch High School is supported in the district by the Office of College, Career and Technical Education. For more information about the event, please contact Marsi Sponsler, CCTE Engineering Teacher, at