The Richmond High School Engineering Academy offers multiple work-based learning opportunities, including but not limited to field trips, competitions and tours. Below are some of the recent opportunities the Academy students have experienced.
- Every year, students participate in an E-Bike Competition. During this, mentors are chosen for each student group. The students submit a proposal including which bike option they are going to create. Each student group has roughly one month to build the bike from scratch and $500 to spend for parts. Once the bikes are complete, students present it, weigh the bike and race it. Judges pick the winner based off of endurance tests, appearance and ability to stay on budget.
- Several Richmond High School Engineering Pathway students have participated in Project SEED. Project SEED is a national summer program founded by the American Chemical Society to provide economically disadvantaged high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on exposure to scientific careers. Students spend eight to 10 weeks with scientists in academic, industry and government research laboratories conducting research intended to expand their education and career outlook. Chevron employees served as mentors to help develop students’ laboratory, written and oral research skills. Students also learned how to operate research equipment routinely used by Chevron employees. This one-of-a-kind opportunity is ideal for students looking to go further in the field of Engineering.
- Students have access to many resources, such as 3-D printers and advanced software. They may also create their designs in the state-of-the-art fabrication lab at Kennedy High School or in the mobile lab.
- Students tour one college each semester and one business each semester. Tours are split up for each grade level. Past tours have included UC Davis’s Cal Maritime Center, UC Berkeley, Autodesk, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Chevron.
- There are many community organizations, such as Chevron and SunPower, who partner with the students and provide summer engineering camps and experiential visits, as well as educational organizations such as Cal Berkeley who partner with engineering students on energy-efficient home design projects.
- Juniors attend Berkeley Computer Science Day, in which they spend an entire day touring UC Berkeley’s science department, listened to guest speakers and even work on coding with other students.