CREATE Afterschool Engineering Program
26 engineering students are competing in the CREATE competition
The CREATE Program exists to educate and inspire students to pursue career pathways that create the built environment. Industry professionals mentor student teams in a 12-week competition to answer a real-world problem. Students learn about career opportunities in architecture, engineering, and the construction trades; visit local architecture and engineering offices; visit active construction job sites; attend Trades Day; and compete with other regional high schools in front of industry judges.
- Students meet as a school team a minimum of 10 sessions during the fall.
- Students receive a problem to address in the built environment and work collaboratively with peers and industry mentors to develop a solution which they present at Competition Day.
- Knowledge needed to solve the problem will be learned during working sessions and career presentations in construction, the trades, engineering, and architecture.
A minimum of two field trips will be included:
- Nearly 2,000 high schoolers are expected to attend Trades Day on October 3, 2019,a half-day of hands-on career exploration activities at Cal Expo.
- Other suggested field trips can be to architectural firms, engineering offices, active construction job sites, or apprenticeship training facilities.
The final three sessions are preparation for the competition, which will take place on December 11, 2019.
CREATE Competition Results
West Campus took two teams to the competition. By the end of the day, West Campus students earned the Award for Best Presentation (for a bio-waste heating method that employs kitchen food scraps) and the Curveball Award (for responding to an on-the-spot surprise challenge: adding an energy-saving feature to their design). West Campus also received very strong positive feedback in consideration for the Best Model Award.
Mr. Brown was impressed by our teams: “The students were amazing. They were enthusiastic and professional the entire event and gained a lot from watching all the other schools present.” This is the third year that West Campus has participated in CREATE, and this time even Mr. Brown’s efforts were recognized: He received the Award for Best Instructor. ”I’d like to thank the teachers at West Campus for preparing our students to go out and be amazing,” he said.
In addition to the competition awards, four West Campus seniors were recognized during the luncheon with scholarships from the CREATE program:
Amatina Rossi and Mathias Rosscup earned $500 scholarships
William Ton and Joshua Tyack earned $1,000 scholarships