By STAFF     12/17/2015

Dr. Terri Mendoza, principal of Saint Joseph High School, announced yesterday the school’s selection as an Engineer Your World school for the 2016-2017 school year. Engineer Your World is an innovative, student-centered high school curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind. Collaborative, student-directed projects build resilient problem-solving skills and empower students to think like engineers. The curriculum expertly combines rigorous core concepts with cross-discipline perspectives to deliver a rich sequence of socially relevant, student-directed challenges. The project-based curriculum readily engages students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and interests, and in a wide range of educational environments.

Designed according to latest research on how people learn, and refined through years of teacher and student feedback, Engineer Your World presents core engineering concepts in a highly engaging, project-based format to make engineering accessible, exciting, and relevant to students. Comprehensive educator support equips and empowers teachers and students to build resilient problem solvers in an affordable, achievable, one-year program

As an all-girl, college preparatory high school, Saint Joseph High School is delighted to expand its current STEM course offerings to provide this additional opportunity for its young women. Data show women are underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and physical sciences. “Our school philosophy is to ensure each of our students has the opportunity to reach her full potential,” said Dr. Mendoza. “We are blessed to be partnering with the prestigious Cockrell School of Engineering to benefit our students.”

To implement Engineer Your World, Saint Joseph High School will receive funding from the UTeach Engineering project through a $12.5M Math Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation.