In celebration of National Engineers Week (February 18th – February 24th) West Catholic Preparatory High School in West Philadelphia will hold a swearing in ceremony on Thursday, February 22, 2018, for its inaugural chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE Officers will be announced and all members of the Engineering and Technology Academy will be in attendance for a group photo.
In addition to the ceremony, the school’s entry for the Governor’s STEM Competition will be on display in the machine shop. It is an inexpensive biogas digester created to convert food waste into a free source of natural gas. Previous and current projects will also be on display that showcase the Engineering Technology Academy’s focus on project-based learning and advanced manufacturing pathways.
The school’s Engineering Technology Academy was created in 2014 in collaboration with Drexel University. The mission of the Academy is to provide a select group of students with the opportunity to acquire basic engineering skills through a project based curriculum, during which they will gain confidence in their ability to learn and apply the principles of art, mathematics, computer programming, and physics. A four-year program, The Engineering Technology Academy, is built into the core curriculum and is designed to give students a real-world, interdisciplinary approach to learning by doing. This approach is based on the belief that students will learn best by continuously applying the “plan – do – check – act cycle” to increasingly complex projects. Drexel University is offering to give students, who successfully complete this program, credit for two electives if they choose to enter their Engineering Technology program.
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