EDITOR’S NOTE: Glimpse of Global is a weekly feature written by the students and faculty of Waxahachie Global High School to share information about the school, its curriculum and programs while highlighting the accomplishments of its students. Waxahachie Global High, in its second year of operation, is one of 26 Texas STEM Academies placing an emphasis on college preparation with a primary focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Sophomore students in April Moon’s “Principles of Engineering” class at Waxahachie Global High School have been writing essays about their experiences in engineering class in honor of National Engineers Week, Feb. 15-21.
The essays, entitled “What Engineering Means to Me,” have focused on the skills students are acquiring and their recognition of how those skills transfer into other areas of their lives.
I remember when I found out about Waxahachie Global High. My first thought was, “Finally!” I couldn’t believe the luck of getting to attend a STEM school. My excitement was much higher when I got my schedule in the mail and saw an engineering class on there. I remember going into that class with high expectations from the teacher and the other students. I thought the first six weeks, learning engineering history and rules, were a bore. Even so, I admit I learned quite a bit about the design process, sketching and working as a team. The skills I learned have already become useful and are going to help me in my many future years as an electrical engineer.
To me, engineering is more than designing or improving devices, structures, processes and medical advancements. To me, engineering is also the impact these advances may have on the future. When a portable water filter is designed, manufactured, shipped and sold, it is more than a cool little gadget to add to your car’s glove compartment. That same portable water filter can help the lives of people living in developing and polluted countries who don’t have access to clean water. Thousands, or even millions, of lives can be saved by such a simple little device that someone may have seen as just a novelty.
The two engineering classes I have taken at Global High have better prepared me for the future in many ways, I now know important things like how the design process works and what is involved in obtaining a patent. I now take a broader view of the challenges that confront me and tackle them with confidence that the end result will turn out as desired. I am now more confident when I speak to total strangers about my projects. I can create a well-documented design and am able to work on a team a lot better than I could when I first came to Waxahachie Global High. I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to take classes like these and am looking forward to taking more engineering courses in the future.
As a freshman at Waxahachie Global High School, I saw that an engineering class was required for all first-year students. I was not sure what engineering was, what I would learn or how it would affect my life later, but I thought, “Why not give it a shot?”
In my engineering classes, I have learned problem solving, time management, creative thinking, brainstorming, and teamwork. The hands-on experience has been amazing. I feel as if I have truly accomplished something when I make my final product and say, “This is mine. I did research about it, designed it, corrected it, and it works!”
Once my first engineering project was done, I felt new possibilities opening up. I felt as if I could take over the world! I thought, “Hey, maybe engineering is not that bad after all.”
I began to enjoy the class more. Recently Mrs. Moon asked us to select a field of engineering to study. We had to research the field, interview an engineer currently working in that field, and then present to the class what we learned. I have always wanted a career in aerospace. I did not know there was a field that involved both aerospace and engineering, so I enjoyed researching it and was driven to learn more about it. After I interviewed an aerospace engineer, I decided to become an aerospace engineer.
I think every high school should be like Global High and offer an engineering class. It is a very interesting field that many don’t know about. Even if you do not want to become an engineer, taking engineering in high school teaches you skills that can be applied in an endless number of fields.
Looking back at the work in my engineering portfolio, I can see how much I have learned about engineering, how it applies to life and, most importantly, what I want to be when I grow up. I have two more years of high school left, during which I plan to continue taking engineering. My goal and dream is to go to Texas A&M and major in aerospace engineering, and then work for NASA.
I owe all the thanks to my parents, Mrs. Moon, and of course Global High, for believing in me and pushing me to be the best that I can be.
Upcoming Global events
Seminar Speaker: Jeremiah Stoker of Sikorsky Aircraft
Date: Friday, Feb. 27
Time: 9:55-10:55 a.m.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. followed by a potluck celebration.
For more information on Global High seminars and events, or how to attend, contact the school office at 972-923-4761.
Waxahachie Global High is looking forward to welcoming next year’s group of incoming freshmen and introducing them to the young men and women who already make Global High School a unique center of learning for Ellis County students. We welcome applications from homeschool and private school students both within and outside of the Waxahachie Independent School District. For more information on Waxahachie Global High, contact the school office at 972-923-4761. Global High is located at 600 W. Second St., Waxahachie.
Be sure to check out the progress of the Global Garden project being constructed at the Global High campus in conjunction with the Ellis County Master Gardeners. A courtyard workday has been scheduled from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The community is encouraged to not only stop by, but lend a hand while learning more about Global High.