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Contact Info:
Tinh Tran | STEM/Engineering Teacher | Director & Founder UNITE | CTE Mentor
University High School | 4771 Campus Dr. | Irvine, CA 92612 | USA 
Phone: 949.936.7684 | Fax: 949.936.7609 | 
  @tinhtranUNITE       UNI_Technology&Engineering 




CTE Summer Bridges Program @ IVC; free 2-week classes in biotech, programming/robotics, engineering, energy; apply here

UNITE/Haas Scholarship for Post-secondary Manufacturing/Engineering -- Uni seniors only; deadline May 24; apply here

UNITE awarded 3D printing package through GE Additive Education Program

Uni High ranks #19 Best STEM High School 2017 according to US News & World Report

Summer Internship Engineering & Manufacturing -- for students enrolled in engineering courses only; deadline May 23; ask Mr. Tran for application

World Educational Robot (WER) project signup -- see link below for details

CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition -- sign up here

UNITE H2AC Team featured in 3 automotive magazines Road & Track, Car & Driver, Popular Mechanics

Earn 6 units IVC college credit by completing UNITE's Intro to Engineering Design class -- details below

UCI Biomed Research Summer Program -- info here; deadline May 26

Newly released IUSD Engineering Pathway flyer

UNITE featured in article "How one platform is launching student careers in high school" 

NASA Selects Irvine CubeSat for future mission launch; see all selectees in this official NASA announcement



What is UNITE?  

UNITE Brochure
UNITE stands for UNI_Technology&Engineering -- our schoolwide STEM program that emphasizes career & technical education (CTE).  We offer PLTW Engineering classes and STEM projects for students to work on beyond the school day.  Girls are welcome -- no experience or background required.  By working in a STEM project-based learning environment, students develop and practice 21st-century skills needed in a world that values collaboration, initiative, perseverance, flexibility, empathy, curiosity, and creativity.  We have a laser-like focus on providing students with authentic, real-world learning experiences and setting up the right conditions for them to develop skills and practice habits that enable college/career success many years down the road.  We take an iterative approach to projects whereby students learn by DOING, MAKING, and CREATING.  We have a relentless pursuit of learning new things and a passion for work-based learning. 


UNITE Program Objectives

* Increase female enrollment and participation to be on par with boys
* Prepare students for college entry as engineering majors

* Prepare students for technical work in high demand, high wage entry-level STEM jobs right out of high school -- educate for employability

* Build student agency in the areas of technical ability, communication, adaptability, leadership and entrepreneurship

* Form connections and a network with education and industry partners through mutually shared interests -- strengthen these relationships

* Engage with the community through STEM-related events -- strengthen quality of engagement

* Connect students to industry and business/industry professionals through work-based learning, internship, apprenticeship, and mentorship -- champion the dignity of work in all its forms
* Align STEM offerings to current and future workforce demands and expanding industries

* Participate in STEM project-based learning in an authentic, real-world context


Engineering Course Offerings


Intro to Engineering Design (IED)  
Principles of Engineering (POE)
UC Approved Yes; "g" elective Yes; "g" elective

Design Process; Technical Drawing/Sketching; Measurement & Statistical Analysis; 3D CAD Solid Modeling; Reverse Engineering

Energy & Power; Materials & Structures; Control Systems; Statistics & Kinematics (more physics and math)


CAD software; 3D printer; CNC mill; Engineering notebook; Calipers; Spreadsheet

VEX equipment; Microcontrollers; ROBOTC; Physics equipment


All work done in class; Very little homework

Most work done in class; Minimal homework

Student Readiness Consideration

Concurrent enrollment Math 1

Completion Math 1 with "C" or higher; Concurrent Math 2



AP + PLTW = Student Recognition

To earn the recognition, a student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway – one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW – and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) assessment(s).   The application process for the 2016-17 AP + PLTW Student Achievement is currently open and will close on June 30, 2017.  Once a student submits an application, he or she will be evaluated each summer to determine eligibility.

College Articulation

You can earn Irvine Valley College credit by taking UNITE engineering classes.  Read the details of articulation agreement and fill out the IVC CTE credit request form.  

Student takes University HS’s Intro to Engineering Design (PLTW) course.  He receives a “B” as a final grade.  Intro to Engineering Design is articulated with IVC’s DR 50 (3 units) and DR101 (3 units).  This means that student is eligible to receive 6 units at IVC for completing Uni’s Intro to Engin Design with a grade of “B” or better.  However, he must first enroll at IVC and complete a 3 unit course (any course).  Or, if he already has 3 units, then what is called “unit-residency requirement” is met.  Student fills out the IVC HS Articulations Credit Request Form and submits with his high school transcript.  IVC Admissions Offices verifies that student took Uni’s Intro to Engin Design course, got “B” and fulfilled IVC’s 3-unit residency requirement.  IVC Admissions okays the request. 

Career Programs offered by Orange County Community Colleges (all sectors)
Career Pathways Description (all sectors)

UNITE STEM Projects for 2016-17 **


Project Description Culminating event Sign up
Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge (H2AC) Design and build RC fuel cell car; perform renewable energy experiments April race contest event Check back in Sep 2017
Irvine Cubesat Work with other high schools to assemble, program, test and launch Cubesat IRVINE01 launch Aug 2017; ongoing future missions Online application CLOSED
OC Maker Challenge Create a prototype using 3D printing; video; display board Deliverables due March Submit a project idea
C-STEM Linkbots Program linkbots to move around a mat May 20, 2017 @ Uni  
UCI Rescue Robotics Build drone or ground robot for rescue May competition event Sign Up Rescue Robotics
Video from previous competition
World Educational Robot Program robot rover to follow a map and perform tasks Sep 30 & Oct 1, 2017 UCLA Sign up WER
VEX Robotics Build clawbot April competition event Check back in January 2018
GAMA Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge Use flight simulator software to design most efficient plane (all on computer) Deliverables due April Check back in February 2018
CyberPatriot Team of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company (all on computer) April through November; includes summer Sign up CyberPatriot


** All UNITE projects are student-driven.  Students decide the level of commitment, time and effort to put forth.  Student teams determine work schedule, team organization and what they want to get out of the project.  Project work typically occurs after school several days a week and runs from October through May.  


Why STEM?  Why Now?

Source: Brookings Institution, The Hidden STEM Economy, 2013.

Source: CTEq analysis of U.S. Census Bureau report on STEM graduates, 2014.

Source: Burning Glass and Capital One, Crunched by the Numbers: The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce, March 2015.

Source: Change the Equation, The Diversity Dilemma, 2015.



STEM/CTE/College Readings & Resources

    Pruning Dead-End Pathways in Career and Technical Ed.
    Shortage of Auto Mechanics Has Dealerships Taking Action 
    Ranking Best and Worst Jobs in US
    Tons of $80,000 entry-level jobs going ignored -- cybersecurity jobs
    Report:  Narrowing the Jobs Gap
    Success in the New Economy
    Report:  Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020 (Georgetown University)
    Top 25 Fastest-Growing Jobs in California (April 2016)
    Learning to Think like A Computer
    Learn Python:  A Free Online Course from Google
    The Ultimate List of Best Websites to Learn Coding
    Computer Science video courses (thorough compilation)
    Want to make an app?  There are free classes for that
    Short Documentary A.I.-powered future of self-driving cars
    Evidence that Robots are Winning Race for American Jobs
    Where Machines Could Replace Humans and Where They Can't (yet)
Personal Growth & Development
    How to Prepare for an Automated Future
    How to Learn Faster and Better Than Everyone Else
    7 Ways to Work Smarter and Improve Your Luck in (Life)
4 Skills & 4 Steps to a successful career 

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