More than 120 middle and high school girls built bridges out of plastic straws, designed roadways, learned about watersheds and collaborated on other engineering-related projects last Saturday at South Junior High School in Anaheim.
The occasion? It was the fourth annual Girls Engineering Day, presented by the Anaheim Union High School District in collaboration with WTS, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in transportation.
According to this report from the Orange County Register, mentors were on hand to assist students as they worked together on five pre-planned activities.
“The objective is to expose the girls specifically to careers in transportation,” one organizer told the newspaper.
And here are some other recent education news stories impacting Orange County:
- OCDE is teaming up with Orange Unified, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and others to host a presentation outlining the planned response to an active-shooter scenario. The seminar, which starts at 6 p.m. on March 6 at Canyon High School, was scheduled before the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
- More than 16,000 local students in grades three through six descended upon the Honda Center where the Anaheim Ducks helped lead hands-on science lessons on the principles of energy. The Orange County Register captured the event with a gallery of photos.
- Five OC school districts have been named to the College Board’s eighth annual AP District Honor Roll for expanding access to Advanced Placement courses and increasing the rates of students who perform well on their AP exams.
- Kindergarteners at Fisler School in Fullerton are being taught to count to 100 by performing 100 acts of kindness by the 100th day of school.
- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case that could potentially strip public employee unions of their ability to collect fees from workers who decline to become members. The outcome of this case could have huge implications for collective bargaining groups in education.
- Students at Marian Bergeson Elementary School, which offers a Mandarin Immersion Program, held its annual Chinese New Year cultural celebration on Feb. 23, and an Orange County Register photographer was there to capture highlights.
- Tustin Unified, which has attracted about 200 interdistrict transfers this year, is hoping to lure additional out-of-district students through a new marketing blitz that includes banners, magazine ads and a website.
- Following complaints of foul smells in the science wing at Estancia High School, a consultant’s 11,525-page report indicates the air is safe while confirming several uncapped sewer lines, which have since been fixed.
- The Unified Sports club at Esperanza High in Anaheim brings together students with special needs and their general education counterparts to promote on-court skills, sportsmanship and social interaction. Weekly meetings culminate with an annual Unified Sports basketball game.
- With research showing just how critical social and emotional learning is to students and their academic success, the California Department of Education has announced a new set of guidelines designed to support and develop the whole child.
- Inside a computer lab at El Dorado High School in Placentia, a five-member team is training for the new Orange County High School Esports League by honing its skills in the world of League of Legends.
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