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         A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of taking a group of students in the Academic Advocate program to SDSU for their annual SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) conference.  At the conference students rotated to six different workshops where they were able to participate in hands-on projects related to the different fields in engineering. Some of the students’ favorite projects were creating a prosthetic finger out of straws and popsicle sticks and competing against other teams to see how high their water rocket could go. The best part for me as an advocate was seeing my 8th grade students connect engineering to real life jobs. Before this conference my students had heard of engineering, but they did not really understand what a job or major in engineering would mean for their future. I’m happy that my students were able to get this great experience at such a young age so that they have many more years to explore exactly what they want to study in college and beyond.  

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     I have a student that I have been working with that I am especially proud of. Since the 7th grade he has struggled with his classes and, until recently, has never had a report card without a F grade on it. He was in my office on the day that progress report cards came out and he asked me if I knew what his grades would be. I looked them up and he had raised all of his grades and did not have a single F. He was so excited he asked me if he could call his mom right away to tell her the good news. He said his mom had been waiting for this day for a long time and he was so happy to tell her what he had accomplished.

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