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The Engineering Institute at Highlands High School
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National Innovation Challenge
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Welcome to the Home of the STEM Owls!
The Engineering Institute is a Choice Program of San Antonio ISD featuring rigorous STEM courses, industry partnerships, college and career support, and MUCH MORE. Students have access to all programs of a traditional, neighborhood high school in addition to high-quality STEM experiences. Our STEM Owls are top students, athletes, musicians, performers, and leaders.
Click on the flyers below and watch our career videos to learn more about the Engineering Institute!
STEM Owls in the News
Class of 2019 Salutatorian Alyssa Flores featured in several news articles. Go Alyssa!
Class of 2018 Valedictorian Kiana Rodroguez is now studying Engineering at Texas A&M College Station. Congrats Kiana, we are proud of you!
TEALS AP Computer Science Virtual Mentors featured on Blake's Braniacs on KSAT 12!
Jungle Disk Cyber Internship: In summer 2018 & 2019, 43 students completed a paid internship with Jungle Disk, a top cyber security company in San Antonio. We are honored to host this internship at Highlands High School and are proud of the students who stepped up for this opportunity! Check out the news coverage below.
Interested in attending the Engineering Institute?
The application window for our 2020-2021 cohort begins Nov. 5, 2019! Stay tuned for details on how to apply or visit www.saisdchoice.com
Year 1 - Principles of IT (1 credit)
In this course students will develop computer literacy skills to adapt to emerging technologies used in the global marketplace. Students will enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the information technology environment. Certification: CompTIA Fundamentals of IT
Year 2 – OnRamps Dual Enrollment Computer Science Principles (1 credit)
Thriving in Our Digital World is a new dual enrollment course through the University of Texas at Austin that teaches computer science principles, a set of core ideas that shapes the landscape of computer science and its impact on our society. In addition to learning about the magic and beauty of computing, students will acquire essential Texas College and Career Readiness skills, applying critical thinking, problem solving, and communication within a project-based learning framework. Computer Science College Credits (UT Austin CS 302)*
Year 2 – Computer Maintenance (1 credit)
In Computer Maintenance, students will acquire knowledge of computer maintenance and creating appropriate documentation. Students will apply technical skills to address the IT industry and emerging technologies. Certification: CompTIA Fundamentals of IT or A+
Year 3 – AP Computer Science A - TEALS Partnership (1 credit)
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science for CS majors. The course introduces students to computer science using the industry-standard Java programming language and presents fundamental topics that include problem solving. AP CS A has been described as one of the most challenging and rewarding courses offered at the AP level. Virtual Co-Teach Model with Industry Professionals in the Classroom / Computer Science College Credits*
Year 3 – Computer Networking (1 credit)
In this course students will develop knowledge of the concepts and skills related to data networking technologies and practices to apply them to personal or career development. A focus on cyber security principles will prepare students for high wage, in demand careers in San Antonio and beyond. Certification: CompTIA Network+
Year 4 – Practicum in IT (2 credits)
This course is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. Certification: CompTIA A+ or Security +
Elective (Years 2-4) – Principles of Cyber Security (1 credit)
In this course students will learn about one of the fastest growing fields in the world: cyber security. San Antonio is the #2 city in the US for this high-demand, high-wage career field. Students will also be eligible to participate in the Cyber Patriot competition team through their participation in this course.
(*) College credits awarded depend on student course grades and/or AP exam scores. The exact course and credits awarded vary by university transfer policies.
Year 1 - Principles of Engineering (1 credit)
This course provides an overview of the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their interrelationships. Students will develop engineering communication skills, which include computer graphics, modeling, and presentations, by using a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Software focus: Intro to CAD Software (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, etc.)
Year 2 – Robotics (1 credit)
Students will design, build, and operate VEX robots as they transfer academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment through implementation of the design process. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their designs. Software focus: Autodesk Inventor
Year 3 – Engineering Design 1 (1 credit)
Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills of the design process as it applies to engineering fields using multiple software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Software focus: Autodesk AutoCAD
Year 4 – Engineering Design 2 (2 credits)
As a continuation of Engineering Design 1, students enrolled in this course will demonstrate knowledge and skills of the design process as it applies to engineering fields using multiple software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings, solid model renderings, and prototypes. Software focus: SolidWorks / Certification: SolidWorks
Year 4 - Project Based Learning (1 credit)
Students complete a year-long independent study research project on a STEM topic of their choice with help from an industry mentor. For students who cannot fit the Engineering Design 2 course into their schedule. Can also be taken in addition to Eng. Des. 2. *See Ms. Garcia for more information
Learn more about careers in...
COMPUTER SCIENCE: https://www.computerscience.org/careers/
CYBER SECURITY: https://www.cyberseek.org/
Review the SA Works Job Reports for San Antonio STEM Career Info!
Click Here for 2019 Jobs Report
Have you heard of Cafe College?
This is the BEST San Antonio resource for all things college! Visit the website to learn more about their services, events, and more: https://cafecollege.org/
STEM Owl Guides:
College & Career: Click HERE for the STEM College & Career Guide
Internships & Summer Camps: Click HERE for the Summer Opportunities Guide
Scholarships: Click HERE for the STEM Scholarship Guide
Get involved! Join one of our clubs...
FIRST Robotics Club:
Funded by our $10,000 3M Grant, we will participate in the FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge this year! Robotics meets every Thursday after school in Mr. Lerma's room.
Cyber Patriot Club:
In partnership with JROTC, come learn Cyber Security techniques and compete in the national Cyber Patriot program. Cyber Patriot meets every Monday in Mr. Irby's room.
ACE Mentor Club: Architecture, Construction, & Engineering
Industry mentors guide students through a real world design project throughout the school year. ACE meets every other Thursday in Mr. Broils' room.
STEM Events Calendar
Engineering Institute Contact Information
Michelle Garcia, Coordinator
MBowman1@saisd.net / 210-438-6800 ext. 35072
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