The Santa Ana Sentinel

STEAM Program Comes to Century H.S.

Posted in Arts & Culture, Business, Education, Progress Report, Santa Ana College, SAUSD by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on February 20, 2013

Century High School aims to improve its academic performance through a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program initiative.

“After being recognized as a persistently low achieving school by the state of CA in 2007 (the API scores in the last 5 years haven’t exceeded 600), Century H.S. has taken many steps to improve the curriculum and clean up the campus in the hopes of attracting higher achieving students. They then applied for a Federal grant for a STEM program, added an arts component, and created 4 academies devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math starting with the 2011-2012 school year. There are currently 80 students in this program.

The problem is that Century is facing is that they have this great program and a lack of awareness. This is where I intend to help. On March 16th, from 9 am to 12 pm Century H.S. is holding an orientation for new parents to show off the various programs that they offer, including STEAM, and this is a great opportunity for them to recruit high potential 8th graders to enroll in Century HS this fall. They have so much to offer, for example they have a 3D printer on campus for the use of their engineering classes, which is incredibly progressive for a high school. I am working on a strategy to help promote this event so that there will be a good turnout and hopefully increased enrollment in the STEAM program,” according to Santa Ana resident Kiko Secor of Ingram Micro, who is a Master’s candidate in the College of Communications at Cal State Fullerton. Ms. Secor is promoting awareness for Century’s STEAM program as part of her thesis project.

For more about STEAM click here.

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