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CVCHS Engineering and Design Academy

** Please see the Academy Application Information page  **
The Engineering and Design Academy Vision:
Developed as a smaller school within a school, the mission of The Engineering and Design Academy is to provide a firm educational foundation in the areas of math and science enhanced by problem-solving and engineering applications. Emphasis is placed upon the critical thinking, collaboration, and teamwork skills necessary in our increasingly technological world. 
The Engineering and Design Academy is more than just science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s about learning real skills, solving real problems, and making real discoveries about the world. By working with your classmates, teachers, and parents, students help create a learning experience unlike any other.
Inside the academy, students will work hands-on with technology while applying scientific principles and theories in fun and exciting ways. 
The Engineering and Design Academy is designed to allow students to explore their interests and career options in the areas of science and mathematics. Students will apply classroom topics to hands-on activities including laboratory experimentation and original research. Students are encouraged to invent and create while exercising problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Students will:
• invent, create, design and build;
• promote a math and science curriculum that integrates technology;
• incorporate a hands-on approach to learning which emphasizes teamwork, problem-solving strategies  and scientific investigation;
• increase collaboration and communication among subjects through cross-content activities;
• address work-force readiness through portfolio development and resume writing
• investigate the historical impact and ethics related to scientific and technological advances in society.

Who might be interested in enrolling in this Academy?
Are these among your interests and abilities?
• designing a new video game, parts for a car engine, the shape of a bottle for a new perfume, toys or juice  drink
• applying theories and principles of math and science
• researching and developing economical solutions to technical problems
• controlling the operation of automatic machinery that produces products
• using effective communication skills
• designing, planning, and supervising the construction of buildings, highways, bridges and transit systems
• developing new materials that improve the performance and quality of products
• implementing advances in technology

Why enroll in this Academy?
• A bachelor's degree is required for entry-level jobs in engineering and generally ensures significantly        higher salaries than those of college graduates in other fields.
• Investment in cleantech is up 341% from 2000. With the emergence of the green economy, communities around the country are aggressively developing and promoting the green sector as an engine for economic development and job growth.
• Competitive pressures and advancing technology will force companies to improve and update product designs increasingly more frequently, and to optimize the manufacturing process.
• Prospects for manufacturers are best for those with the appropriate knowledge or technical expertise as well as the personal traits necessary for successful selling.
• Many engineers work on long-term research and development projects that continue even during economic slowdowns.

The curriculum for the academy is standards-based and student-centered, aligning with the California State Standards for each subject area, the A-G coursework requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University systems as well as the national standards for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.