"Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow"...February is CTE Month

"Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow"...February is CTE Month
Posted on 02/01/2018
This is the image for the news article titled "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow"...February is CTE MonthBrazosport ISD students and teachers will join others across the nation to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow".

CTE Month is a nation-wide public awareness campaign that takes place every February to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs. This month is meant to emphasize the impact CTE programs have on student success both during and after their education by giving students the opportunity to explore different careers and supply them with the skills and resources needed to succeed in the workplace and life after graduation.

If you have a CTE teacher who has made an impact on you, be sure to tell them thank you for their dedication and hard work to ensuring you strive to reach your fullest potential.

CTE Month

In honor of national CTE month, we are continuing our weekly spotlight on just a few of the amazing programs offered here at BISD within Career and Technical Education. This week we are featuring our Culinary Arts department at Brazosport High School also known as the Brazosport Bistro.

Check back next week when we highlight another exciting BISD CTE program.

Culinary Arts - The Brazosport BistroCulinary Arts Students
Remodeled over the summer, the Brazosport Bistro was given a makeover and renovated to accommodate and reflect the look and feel of an actual industrial kitchen and restaurant. As Ms. Jansky, the Culinary instructor and her students have settled into the new facility, they have created and opened a fully functioning “bistro” within their classroom.

With weekly specials ranging from lunch for teachers such as Gumbo and tres leches cupcakes, to breakfast items including yogurt parfaits and muffins, it’s no doubt these opportunities have broadened her students’ horizons and expanded their knowledge of the Culinary industry. From prep to plate, these students have learned the value and importance of not only cooking, but preparation, selection, serving, presentation, marketing and selling just to name a few. It’s no doubt that this program will continue to thrive and flourish and we look forward to seeing what new wonders our students will create next.

Rockets Program Spotlight
The Brazoswood High School Rocket Engineering-II students, led by Camille, are designing and building a rocket to take a 5 pound payload to 100,000 feet. It will fly at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico during June 2018. The vehicle will weigh about 500 pounds and current design has it 18 feet long and 10 inches in diameter.

These 30 students are highly motivated and work not only during the 2-period long class, but come before and after school and on weekends. Several students, Hugh, Ellie, Anne-Elisabeth and Anthony are taking extra classes at DaVinci Maker Labs (CNC machining and coding) and some are learning to TIG weld.

Students are planning to go into engineering fields. This project requires students to design the part, program the CNC mill then actually produce the part. Also, other students must use the same skills to create a nose cone tip and a nitrous injector system.

Teamwork is essential to the group's success. All parts must be integrated into one vehicle and all data (sizes and weights) put into the master design file to prove the vehicle remains stable during flight.

Brazosport ISD could not be more proud of these students, along with its instructor, Mr. Dale Hobbs, and the work they have committed and time they have invested in building this endeavor. It’s just one more example of how BISD is setting and raising the standard!

Hear what our students have to say about the program below.

Ever tried to launch a giant, fiery object twenty miles into the sky? For the first time, our High School Rocketry Team, with the help of SystemsGO and NASA, is building a Goddard-level rocket. This vehicle is approximately 20 ft long and weighs 500 pounds. Our mission is to take a 5-pound scientific payload to an altitude of 100,000 feet. We will fly at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in June 2018 for the launch. We are tasked with designing, modeling, and building all the components that make up the vehicle. Our goal, of course, is to have a successful flight. However, we know that if we even just get the vehicle on the launch rail, we’ve accomplished more that we could've ever imagined. The knowledge and experience we’ve already acquired this year has been tremendous. The education we’ve received while building this rocket is just as important as the final destination, our launch this summer.

Our team for this rocket consists of thirty Rocket Programhigh school seniors. This abundance of motivated minds allowed for a variety of leadership opportunities. In the fall, we created a Systems Information Team, with one team head and leaders for each component: Propulsion, Oxidizer Tank, Interior Systems, Airframe, Machining, Budget, Communications, and Design/Model/Simulations. We all meet each Monday afternoon to update the other component team leaders on our progress from the previous week. This leadership system encourages organization and accountability. No one person is ever overwhelmed because we have a tight support system from all the other component leaders. It also allows many of our students to lead and feel a strong sense of responsibility for their group, the overall team, and the rocket’s success.

This is the first year for our rocketry program to venture into such an intimidating project. Brazoswood is one of six high schools in the state of Texas working on a rocket at this level and scale. In past few years, other high schools have built and flown Goddard-level rockets, but the highest has only reached an altitude of 36,000 feet. If we are indeed successful and reach 100,000 feet, we would be setting an incredible record and legacy for our community and rocketry program. This rocket will set a soaring standard for all future rocketry engineering students at our school.
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