The ESHS visionary teenagers are students enrolled in the high school’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Pathway, and in conjunction with the Computer Science Club they established ESCEI last fall to provide computer science and Internet safety education to elementary school students. The Engineering Pathway is funded by Chevron—a long-time community partner for the ESUSD and a corporate sponsor of PLTW.
In a few short months, the ESCEI is gaining momentum with more than five workshops already conducted for Center and Richmond Street School students. In addition, the student mentors recently secured a sponsorship with local video game company Electronic Arts™ and EA Outreach©, the company’s philanthropic engagement program aimed at helping its players and employees improve lives through education and initiatives that foster a culture of inclusion. Partnerships with technology related companies and professional experts will help ESCEI expand and deliver educational programs to even more elementary school students both at the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) and other local school districts.
“I’m excited to announce that ESCEI is currently planning a major event in conjunction with our partners at EA™ aimed at the entirety of the fourth and fifth grade classes at ESUSD,” said Shrenil Sharma, the ESHS junior who founded ESCEI along with some of his Engineering Pathway classmates. “This event will use the popular hobby of video gaming to spark an interest in the wider field of computer science.” The ESCEI website at www.escei-eshs.com is a great source of program news and upcoming event information for parents and students.
Their recent presentation at the PLTW statewide conference was well received by the teachers, superintendents and administrators in attendance, and ESCEI is now working with these contacts to establish similar computer science/Internet safety workshops at districts within the South Bay area. The ESHS students networking skills also helped them secure some additional sponsors.
The ESCEI presentation and innovative ideas for delivering student-to-student computer science education earned the ESHS students an invitation to consider attending the 2017 Project Lead the Way Summit in Orlando, Florida this October. The PLTW Annual Summit brings together a diverse group of nearly 2,000 attendees—students, teachers, school administrators, business and community leaders, university and college administrators, nonprofit and philanthropic partners, and government officials—committed to innovation in education.
About the El Segundo Unified School District
The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).
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El Segundo High School student mentors of the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative recently presented their program to teachers and school administrators at the 6th Annual California Project Lead the Way Conference.
El Segundo High School Engineering Pathway students with Project Lead the Way Worldwide CEO Vince Bertram (third from right) at the 6th Annual California Project Lead the Way Conference, where the students presented their program to educators.