Mojave elementary students had the opportunity to participate in a two-week Summer Science Camp last June. Mojave STEM teachers offered classes that ranged from biology to physics and gave students a chance to do some hands-on work and projects, as reported by Kane Wickham in Mojave Desert News.
In a class that looked at the components of steering wheels and gears, students developed CAD models for 3D printing of these components and created a series of robot cars. In the biology class, students dissected frogs, piglets and a mink to look at the inner organs and parts of various organisms. Another class tasked students with studying the kinetics of gravity, and yet another class had students building machines like self-powered balloon “cars” using toilet paper rolls.
New Adult Education Opportunities in Lancaster
A former University of Phoenix building in the CenterPoint Business Park in Lancaster will be used by the Antelope Valley Regional Adult Education Consortium, as reported by Julie Drake in the Antelope Valley Press.
The Antelope Valley Union High School District purchased the building in January. It offers over 15,000 square feet of usable space for adult education.
The consortium, which is a partnership between the high school district, Antelope Valley College and Southern Kern Unified School District, is one of 72 that was created in 2013 to offer adult education. Its courses including welding, high school diploma and high school equivalency (GED) classes. Adults can also take certificate programs for computer repair, physical fitness training and personal care technicians.
Courses are offered at various facilities, including Rosemond High School and Antelope Valley Adult School in Lancaster. However, this fall, all the Career Technical Education programs will move to the new CenterPoint facility. In the future, new and expanded courses and programs will be offered in the new facility.
School District Looks to Offer Aerospace-Focused Curriculum
Officials with the Mojave Unified School District are working with the Mojave Air and Space Port and other aerospace companies to create a new high school curriculum aimed at training students for high-tech jobs in the industry.
The idea, as reported by Allison Gatlin in the Antelope Valley Press, is to provide specific skills training so students are ready to join the workforce right after they graduate high school and employers won’t have to dedicate as much time to training new employees. The plan is still in the early stages as the school district, Mojave Air and Space Port and other industry partners discuss their shared needs. They are establishing formal partnerships so companies can easily share their needs with the school district.
It will take a lot of coordinating and balancing the needs of both the employers and the school district. MUSD already has a career technical education program that offers students this kind of skills training, but the district wants to expand on the program and tailor it more specifically to meet the needs of the aerospace industry. Once the curriculum is developed and implemented, the idea is that companies at the Air and Space Port can easily recruit and hire local graduates for entry-level positions.