UNITE stands for UNI_Technology&Engineering -- our schoolwide STEM program that blends technical and workplace skills (CTE; career and technical education) with academic learning. We offer PLTW Engineering classes and STEM projects for students to work on beyond the school day. Girls are welcome -- no experience or background required. By working in a STEM project-based learning environment, students develop and practice 21st-century skills needed in a world that values collaboration, initiative, perseverance, flexibility, empathy, curiosity, and creativity. We have a laser-like focus on providing students with authentic, real-world learning experiences and setting up the right conditions for them to develop skills and practice habits that enable college/career/life success many years down the road. We take an iterative approach to projects whereby students learn by DOING, MAKING, and CREATING. Our predisposition is to take action and make things happen instead of spending much time talking about it upfront. We have a relentless pursuit of learning new things and a passion for work-based learning.
* Increase female enrollment and participation to be on par with boys
* Prepare students for college entry as engineering majors
* Prepare students for technical work in high demand, high wage entry-level STEM jobs right out of high school -- educate for employability
* Build student agency in the areas of technical ability, communication, adaptability, leadership and entrepreneurship
* Form connections and a network with education and industry partners through mutually shared interests -- strengthen these relationships
* Engage with the community through STEM-related events -- strengthen quality of engagement
* Connect students to industry and business/industry professionals through work-based learning, internship, apprenticeship, and mentorship -- champion the dignity of work in all its forms
* Align STEM offerings to current and future workforce demands and expanding industries
* Participate in STEM project-based learning in an authentic, real-world context
|UC Approved||Yes; "g" elective||Yes; "g" elective|
Design Process; Technical Drawing/Sketching; Measurement & Statistical Analysis; 3D CAD Solid Modeling; Reverse Engineering
Energy & Power; Materials & Structures; Control Systems; Statistics & Kinematics (more physics and math)
CAD software; 3D printer; CNC mill; Engineering notebook; Calipers; Spreadsheet
VEX equipment; Microcontrollers; ROBOTC; Physics equipment
All work done in class; Very little homework
Most work done in class; Minimal homework
|Student Readiness Consideration||
Concurrent enrollment Math 1
Completion Math 1 with "C" or higher; Concurrent Math 2
To earn the recognition, a student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway – one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW – and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) assessment(s). The application process for the 2017-18 AP + PLTW Student Achievement opens on September 1, 2017. Once a student submits an application, he or she will be evaluated each summer to determine eligibility.
You can earn Irvine Valley College credit by taking UNITE engineering classes. Read the articulation agreement and fill out the IVC CTE credit request form.
Student takes University HS’s Intro to Engineering Design (PLTW) course. She receives a “B” or better as a final grade. Intro to Engineering Design is articulated with IVC’s DR 50 (3 units) and DR101 (3 units). This means that student is eligible to receive 6 units at IVC for completing Uni’s Intro to Engin Design with a grade of “B” or better. However, she must first enroll at IVC and complete a 3 unit course (any course). Or, if she already has 3 units, then what is called “unit-residency requirement” is met. Student fills out the IVC HS Articulations Credit Request Form and submits with her high school transcript. IVC Admissions Offices verifies that student took Uni’s Intro to Engin Design course, got “B” and fulfilled IVC’s 3-unit residency requirement. IVC Admissions okays the request.
|Project||Description||Culminating event||Sign up|
|Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge (H2AC)||Design and build RC fuel cell car; perform renewable energy experiments||April race contest event||Click Here to sign up by Oct 20, 2017|
|Irvine Cubesat||Work with other high schools to assemble, program, test and launch Cubesat||IRVINE01 launch Q4 2017; ongoing future missions||Online application CLOSED|
|OC Maker Challenge||Create a prototype using 3D printing; video; display board||Deliverables due March||Submit a project idea|
|C-STEM Linkbots||Program linkbots to move around a mat and perform tasks||May 2018||On hiatus for 2017-18|
|UCI Rescue Robotics||Build drone or ground robot for rescue||May competition event||On hiatus for 2017-18
Video from previous competition
|World Educational Robot||Program robot rover to follow a map and perform tasks||Sep 30 & Oct 1, 2017 Valencia HS||Check back in April 2018|
|VEX Robotics||Build clawbot||April competition event||On hiatus for 2017-18|
|GAMA Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge||Use flight simulator software to design most efficient plane (all on computer)||Deliverables due April||Check back in Feb 2018|
|CyberPatriot||Team of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company (all on computer)||April through November; includes summer||Sign up CyberPatriot|
|MIT Launch||Develop entrepreneurial skills and mindset by launching startups|
** All UNITE projects are student-driven. Students decide the level of commitment, time and effort to put forth. Student teams determine work schedule, team organization and what they want to get out of the project. Project work typically occurs after school several days a week and runs from October through May.
UNITE students have been accepted for STEM jobs and internships at these companies:
Source: Brookings Institution, The Hidden STEM Economy, 2013.
Source: CTEq analysis of U.S. Census Bureau report on STEM graduates, 2014.
Source: Burning Glass and Capital One, Crunched by the Numbers: The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce, March 2015.
Source: Change the Equation, The Diversity Dilemma, 2015.
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