This month, DPEA Executive Director Rebecca Summers caught up with two alumni--Emily Williams and Erika Eskenazi--who are finding success as engineers, one in New York City and another in Austin, Texas.
Last spring, DPEA seniors took the 2015 Carousel of Physics to the Bay Area Makers Fair. There, they talked with many people, including interviewers from Infinitethinking.org, which strives to inspire innovative learning environments by showcasing them on their web series.
Our DPEA Director spoke about the positive impacts of adding Art to a STEM curriculum to create an integrated STEAM curriculum. He shared how the DPEA's projects draw upon a variety of disciplines and give students the opportunity to develop authentic products. Amir spoke with many individuals about their programs and shared wisdom about how to innovate within the public school system in California. He also had the opportunity to give advice to college students who wanted to know how to gain more technical experience as they develop original products.
The Santa Barbara Unified School District's 3rd annual High School Academy Showcase will take place at 4:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, January 14 in the Dome at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Educators and students from the following academies will be on hand to share information and answer questions:
Since the DPEA won the "Most Themed Entry" award in the Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, we are considered the Grand Prize winners, and we have been awarded $250 and a nice plaque. Thank you to all of the DPEA students and parents who participated! Here is what was read about DPEA during the parade: