Full STEM Ahead For WCCUSD Students at CSU East Bay

Engineering Students Set to Gain Career Readiness Skills and College Insight

CSU East Bay and Contra Costa Economic Partnership’s (CCEP) model program, Discover Engineering!, is geared up for another year of college and career readiness activities for 49 students from West Contra Costa. This residential week-long program provides students a truly unique experience on a college campus to facilitate a seamless transition from high school Engineering Pathways to post-secondary educational opportunities in the East Bay.

We are excited 24 of our Engineering Pathway students from Richmond High School, Pinole Valley High School, and Pinole Middle School will be attending. Additional students from Hercules High School, Middle College, and DeAnza High School are participating through Contra Costa College’s MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) program.

A Week with Discover E!

Middle school and high school students will spend a week in residence at Cal State East Bay Hayward Hills Campus taking part in a series of rigorous, hands-on, engineering activities designed to prepare students for college-level engineering programs. Carefully curated by Project Lead the Way high school teachers, industry partners, CSU East Bay and CCEP, students will experience a blend of lectures, hands-on labs and field trips, project-based learning with a design/build of a bridge and autonomous vehicle, along with career readiness activities including a career panel and industry-juried team presentations as part of the culminating event.

WCCUSD Teachers Design and Lead

Eight teachers from WCCUSD have been part of the planning process, several of whom will be facilitating activities as part of the summer residency. Thank you to Emerlyn Gatchaleon (Hercules High School), Fema Bernido (DeAnza High School), Sanet Hipolito (Middle College), Felipe Franco (Richmond High School), Trevor Roberts (Pinole Valley High School), Edgar Monroy (Pinole Middle School), Angela Johnson (Pinole Valley High School) and Marilyn Ahuna (Richmond High School) for all your work in planning and support for this program.

Partners and Sponsors

Discover Engineering! is only possible through the support of several partners including: business partners Chevron and Andeavor who sponsor the effort; CSU-East Bay Engineering Department Faculty; High School PLTW Engineering Pathway & MESA teachers in West Contra Costa, Mt. Diablo and Pittsburg unified school districts; as well as CCEP STEM Workforce Initiative.

Discover Engineering! kicked-off on June 24th and we can’t wait to see what insights, projects, and friendships emerge through this fantastic program!