Construction & Engineering
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design, engineering and construction.
Our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.
More than 9,000 students from 1,000 high schools annually participate in ACE.
Since inception, ACE has awarded over $15 million in scholarships to promising participants.
Throughout the year you will visit job sites, listen to guest speakers, work on mini engineering projects and end the year with a capstone project of a building design that helps the community.
11th and 12th graders are eligible for scholarships.
Email: bullock@helixcharter for more information
For more than 30 years, the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at San Diego State University (SDSU) has supported underserved students to become the engineers and physical science professionals urgently needed by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industry to compete in today’s global marketplace.
MESA provides academic support, “out of classroom” experiences and industry and alumni engagement, which help students succeed academically and develop professionally to achieve career goals. MESA students engage in "high impact" experiences, such as undergraduate research, first year seminar, learning communities and leadership development. The goal of the program is to enhance student engagement and graduate diverse students in the STEM fields. We are a postsecondary component of MESA California.
Strengthen STEM skills
To create a competition-ready robot, students use a number of soft and hard STEM skills. Creativity and problem-solving are essential in building a 'bot that can complete obstacles. You will have to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions when the robot doesn’t perform as expected.
In addition, robotics competitions require a solid understanding of math, coding, and engineering. Are you a beginner? No worries, you don’t have to be a pro to join a robotics club.
Hanging out with like-minded peers is always a great way to make friends and build camaraderie. Yet many students struggle to build strong friendships during their transitional middle school and high school years. If you are passionate about tech or robotics, joining a club can be an excellent choice socially. Many students say this is their favorite part of joining a robotics club.