Hannah Roberts, a UTSA social media and communications student and intern for Cleary Zimmerman Engineers, is a part of a project with UTSA to contribute to the Go Public campaign. Roberts interviewed Wade Cleary, the company’s managing principal, about STEM curriculum, student pathways, and thoughts on education and the business sector.
ROBERTS: Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get you to where you are today. What were your choices in education, classes, and internships?
CLEARY: In high school, I realized engineering was the path I wanted to take. I sought out course electives that would prepare me for the challenges ahead. I took as many physics, science, and math electives as I could squeeze into my course schedule. There weren’t nearly as many options back then as there are today. For instance, my children can take calculus in high school, which wasn’t an option for my generation. We also didn’t have advanced placement (AP and pre-AP) classes that gave us college credit, but I did take advantage of all the STEM-related courses offered. My Dad is an electrical engineer, and I thought I wanted to follow an electrical engineering career like him. It was during my first year in college that I was finally able to compare and contrast the electrical and mechanical side of things. I saw that mechanical engineering came far more natural for me than electrical engineering.
ROBERTS: Since you have had a lot of success in mechanical engineering, what would you say was your most significant contributor to that success?
CLEARY: I have been fortunate to surround myself with good people, like mentors oﬀering advice or leading by example. Being surrounded by good people has made things a lot easier. I am also persistent and determined, and I think that has certainly helped.
ROBERTS: Looking at Cleary Zimmermann Engineers as a whole, I see that the company is a sponsor of Go Public. Is there a particular reason why you chose that movement to sponsor?
CLEARY: It’s probably two-fold. We do a lot of work with K-12 students with outreach programs, and we support the schools by designing and building the systems that serve their needs. Also, we admire the Go Public mission. Public schools ARE doing great things, and they needed a way to voice and show what they are accomplishing and what they are doing. We wanted to recognize them for the great job they are doing.
ROBERTS: Why you think is essential that schools include STEM in their curriculum?
CLEARY: Well, obviously I’m biased, but science, technology, engineering, and math are critical to the success of our nation and for society in general. Often overlooked by students and people, we need to promote the STEM disciplines and help our community understand that it is an exciting field. Quite frankly, I feel like other countries are doing a better job of promoting studies in STEM, and if we want to continue to stay on a trajectory of growth and success, then we need to find creative ways inform the public.
ROBERTS: Speaking of growth and success of our country, how do you think that STEM can shape the future for the next generation?
CLEARY: I think there are many technological advances. STEM curriculum can make a direct impact on students. It’s a fulfilling area of study and I think future generations will be well be served by it.
ROBERTS: If you could only give one piece of advice to the next generation, whether it be about achieving goals, school, etc., what would it be?
CLEARY: It would be ‘never give up’ and always make sure to set a goal for themselves. If you hit a bump in the road or a dead end, then you back-up and try to find another way around. You don’t give up and continue to pluck away at it. Always continue to be persistent in life.
Wade Cleary oversees growth and manages business strategy and the firm’s sustainability initiatives. He also manages relative trends in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design. Cleary Zimmermann Engineers is a bronze sponsor of Go Public.
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Go Public Gives Social Media Marketing Experience to East Central High School and UTSA College Students
(San Antonio, TX) - Gathered in a small auditorium style classroom at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) campus, students from East Central High School’s Service Learning Project and UTSA collaborate on strategies for the Go Public social media campaign.
Rivard Report Article: (an excerpt) "Alamo Heights High School students will vie for $10,000 – and bragging rights – in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will take them through the group process of becoming a startup. The 130 junior and senior students are participating in the year-long Heights Business Incubator, an elective course that leads students from the idea phase to the development phase and through to pitching the product for their new business. The winners will receive $10,000 to fund their entrepreneurial venture."
For the full article, go here. Photo: Bonnie Arbittier/Rivard Report. Mckenzie Hervey (center) speaks about her group's busines plan.
Exploring virtual reality through apps, using Chromebooks and iPads to create movies and daily news broadcasts, and building tiny homes to explore future careers in construction. Northside schools are finding unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.
Students from more than 105 elementary, middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Expo, which has been split into two days due to high attendance in previous years. Also new this year are displays from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Schools will have tables at the Sports Gym and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting. Some programs, like the tiny home and automotive programs, will showcase their work outside the Sports Gym due to space constraints. Among the topics showcased this year are: mobile devices in the classroom, campus camps and clubs, real world projects, and global learning experiences.
Original article on Northside ISD's Facebook page here.
The Alamo Heights High School Athletic Training Student Aides and Sports Medicine class attended the Alamo Area Athletic Trainers Association Student Workshop last Friday at Trinity University. The students took part in learning about ankle anatomy by observing an ankle dissection by Dr. Marque Allen of Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio. They also learned about Athletic Training in the rodeo, using a scoop stretcher, and rehabilitation tools such as cupping and dry needling. Students competed in an ankle taping contest, quiz bowl and Athletic Trainer Olympics. Over 500 student athletic training aides attended this event.
Original post located on AHISD Facebook page here.
NASA Physicist, Ginger Kerrick talking with Randolph High School students about passion, grit, perseverance, and following your dreams. Mrs. Kerrick became the first non-astronaut Capsule Communicator (Capcom), first Russian-training-integration instructor, and the first Hispanic female NASA Flight Director in 2005.
Original post located on RFISD's Facebook page here.
Amanda Hoffmann, and eighth grade student at Corbett Junior High School, took first place in the Meat Science Skillathon at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Her efforts earned Hoffmann her first Stock Show and Rodeo belt buckle, the pinnacle of achievement in the competition. The Meat Science Skillathon is a hands-on and interactive competition that challenges contestants regarding their knowledge of Meat Science and BBQ concepts. Elements include a written exam, identification, yield grades, quality grades and BBQ cookery skills.
Hoffmann also placed second in the Swine Skillathon and earned fifth place in the Food Challenge (Fruits and Vegetables) category.
Original post located on SCUCISD's Facebook page here.
The SkillsUSA program is a great pathway that encourages students to learn all sorts of ways to make themselves marketable in today's workplace. It helps them discover their potential in abilities and aptitude and the Judson High School Automotive Teams, part of SkillsUSA, is a perfect example of how students are doing just that. Students recently qualified to represent their school, JISD and SkillsUSA District XI in state competition coming in April. Congratulations to all of them!
Original post located on the Judson ISD website here.
McCollum HS students in Cowboy Productions recently put their talents to the test at the SkillUSA regional competition held at Brackenridge High School and advanced to state! A team of four students participated in the Broadcast News Production contest and won first place. Two students served as the news anchor team, one student served as the team’s director/technical director, and one student served as the floor director. Each team had to write and produce their rundown before assigned contest time. Students then produced and completed a three-minute newscast as if it were live. Teams were evaluated on their broadcast writing ability, voice quality, diction, timing and pacing and performance techniques. A team of two students participated in the television (video) production competition and won second place. The two contestants planned and shot a video on location to convey the “theme” of the event. Editing was done in the contest area with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate conveyance of the “theme” to the viewer. Congratulations to the Broadcast News Production team composed of Xavier Flores, Alexis Garcia, Elida Luna and Carlos Montantes and to the Video Production Team composed of Amaru Ruiz and Ceasar Molina! The state competition is slated for April in Corpus Christi, TX.
Original article located in the Harlandale newsletter here.
East Central High School students competed this week in Skills USA Competitions. They competed in a variety of events such as: Building search, prepared speech, First aid/ CPR, Quizbowl and Felony traffic stop. Original post on ECISD's Facebook page here.
HOLT CAT has partnered with Southwest ISD to provide paid internships to Southwest High School students. The internship is in its second year, and part of the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program, in which students have to apply and interview for the internship positions. This opportunity will allow students to receive technical trade, business, and IT experiences at Holt Cat, while earning high school credit for graduation. In addition, a new Diesel Mechanic pathway has been added to create additional job training opportunities.
Original article located on the SWISD website here.
More than 400 students from 7 SAISD high schools participated in San Antonio’s third annual SA Works Job Shadow Day Feb. 2. Citywide, the event matched nearly 4,000 San Antonio students with 130 local employers for a half-day of onsite experience-based learning.
These SAISD students are involved in courses such as anatomy and physiology, animation, business management, computer science, engineering, graphic arts, health science, information technology, political science, public administration and robotics.
The community-wide event allows local companies to nurture the future workforce, encouraging a stronger emphasis on the professional skills and knowledge they seek in a skilled labor force. Businesses of all sizes participated – from San Antonio headquarters operations to small businesses and startups.
Full article located here.
More than 200 students from Harlandale HS, McCollum HS and STEM ECHS visited 10 local businesses Friday morning as part of the city-wide Job Shadow Day, hosted by San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s SA Works program. Now in its third year, Job Shadow Day hosted more than 3,000 students across the city with more than 120 employers.
“Students will get to see employees of these businesses in action and also learn about the industry they are visiting,” HISD CTE Coordinator Tracy Anderson said. “They will see how important it is to have ‘soft’ skills and workplace etiquette that industry needs from all new employees.” HISD students were excited to spend a day outside of the classroom to get a glimpse of the professional world. They had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of potential careers in the engineering, education, automotive, marketing and hospitality sectors.
“Many have not seen the industry that they are interested in this close,” Anderson said. “Having students apply the skills learned from their classes, including industry certifications, listening to guest speakers and taking field trips to these sites, is important as they continue to prepare for College and Career Readiness.”
The students were matched up with local businesses based on their career interests. Some of the employers included The Witte Museum, C.H. Guenther & Sons, Pre-K 4 SA, Goodwill Industries and Baywood Hotel-Hilton Garden Inn.
Read full article here.
The competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. The operating systems that they might tackle include Windows 7, 8, 10, Windows Server, or Linux Ubuntu 14.
This is the tenth year of CyberPatriot. The high school division has over 4500 teams registered in ‘open’ and ‘service’ categories. There are also over 1100 teams registered in the middle school category.
The Stacey teams would like to thank mentors MSgt David Sorensen and A1C Ray Hamelin for sharing their time and knowledge about cybersecurity.
Original, full article located here.
More than 55 students from 15 schools such as Alamo Heights, Brandeis, Memorial and Lanier were there going head to head with Cole students. But before the day was over, our very own Eldred Brinson received 3rd place for his Peach Cobbler Cupcake.
Culinary students' busy weekend continued because the next day they served dinner to 130 guests at the Best Medic Competition. This event consisted of two weeks of planning, coordination and finally food preparation. For 5 days, the students worked on the spaghetti dinner, perfecting the sauce, rolling and decorating sugar cookies, boiling noodles, and baking bread. After loading everything onto the bus, they were on their way to set up. After a few setbacks (forgetting silverware and the sweet tea container), the night went smoothly as speakers gave their presentations and medics got second spaghetti plates.
The following week, two students competed in the St. Philips College Fall Invitational Cake Decorating Challenge. Eldred Brinson and Catherine Nichols each prepared a 3-tier decorated Thanksgiving theme cake. Catherine Nichols' cake was awarded the 3rd Place trophy and students learned the value of detailed planning and experienced the stress of transporting a large cake across town! These successful projects were made possible with the help of our brand new 20 quart commercial mixer!
Overall, the students had some busy weeks filled with wins and laughter. Special thanks to Mrs. Skidmore for all the hard work she has put in and for guiding these students.
Article submitted by Cole Senior Brielle Cooper
Aviation Club has been at Bob Hope Elementary since 2016 in an effort to encourage students to discover aviation. The club opens students’ minds through education and hands-on experiences. The club guides students to learn about the possibilities in aviation degrees and career paths. Aviation Club works with Palo Alto College where students are able to experience a flight simulator, and learn about ground control and weather.
Originally featured as a KSAT SA Live Cool School in September.
This is the first year an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course has been offered in Northside ISD and it is currently only at Brennan and Marshall high schools. Twelve students are enrolled at Marshall and under the guidance of teacher Billy Soliz, are learning entry-level patient and emergency care. The course, which spans two class periods each day, builds upon skills learned in the pre-requisite course Health Science Theory. Upon completion of the course, students can schedule a computer-based national registry test and apply for state certification as an EMT-Basic. The EMT-Basic certification means students could be hired by private ambulance services, volunteer fire departments, or as an ER tech at a hospital. Paramedic training is a more rigorous college-based program.
“You’re work ready with an EMT-Basic certification and it can be used as a stepping stone to move on to other things in your career, including nursing, medical school, and even physician’s assistants programs,” Soliz said. “In this class you can fine tune patient care and communication skills.”
Read original, full feature here.
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