The Raytheon Engineering Games are designed to expose high school students to real-world engineering problems. The event has two parts, the Engineering Games and the Math/Physics Challenge. Both competitions involve electronics, programming, and mathematics and are designed to be fun, creative, and educational. During the Engineering Competition, the students were tasked with building an autonomous rover controlled by an Arduino, which is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. The rover was required to use three sensors to follow a track drawn as a black line traced on a big poster paper. Students needed to calibrate the sensors, program the Arduino, and build the rover. For the Math/ Physics Challenge, students had to calculate and determine the effects of the velocity on a particular banked curve.
The ESUSD Board of Education honored the team of students for their accomplishments at the Raytheon Engineering Games during its regular meeting on March 10. The students were recognized for their achievement, critical engineering skills, problem solving, and teamwork.
Incoming freshman and new students may opt in to the ESHS Engineering Pathway by enrolling in a pathway course during the fall registration process. Curriculum is supported by the El Segundo Unified School District’s partnership with Project Lead the Way and the El Segundo Education Foundation.