After-school programs offer students a platform to engage with exciting material and the chance to participate in life-changing experiences. Apply now to participate in an AMSE Program for the 2019-20 school year.
The following programs will accept applications through 5/30/19:
International Space Station, Ocean Discovery, and Robotics
The following programs will accept applications through 9/13/2019:
Agri-Tech, Astronomy Research, and Math Team
|Agri-Tech||Semester – Students can register for 1st, 2nd or both||1 day/wk|
|Semester – 1st year students can choose just semester 1 or semester 1 & 2. (Semester 1 is a prerequisite to semester 2.) 2nd year students must enroll all year and includes a research project which fulfills AMSE Honors requirement.||1 day/wk|
|International Space Station Space Program||Semester – Students can register for 1st or 2nd, not both||2 days/wk|
|International Space Station|
|Year Long||2 days/wk|
|Math Team||Year Long||1 day/wk + 1 lunch/wk|
|Ocean Discovery||Year Long||2 days/wk|
|Robotics Program||Apply for Semester 1 only. The team for Semester 2 will be chosen through a formal selection process of Semester 1 students and previous competition team members.||2 days/wk|
Applicants must participate in the Aerospace Engineering & Principles of Engineering Class to apply. No Open Applications
Modern farms and agricultural operations work far differently than those a few decades ago, primarily because of advancements in technology, food science and health science. Since its pilot year in 2019, the Agri-Tech Program allows students to experience a world where agriculture and engineering meet. Today’s agriculture routinely uses sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. These advanced devices and precision agriculture and robotic systems allow businesses to be more profitable, efficient, safer, and environmentally friendly.
Pursuing innovation in the field of agriculture with sustainability as its focus, students in the Agri-Tech Program will explore a myriad of agriscience technologies including hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, and vertical farming. Working in conjunction with the VCS Research and Development Department students will engage in hands-on learning activities as well as do agricultural research. Additional opportunities include partnering with students from the Valley Christian Elementary and Junior High Campuses and VCHS ministry outreach programs on systems that can be adopted beyond VCS.
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, there will be two distinct options available for ISS Program involvement. Both options teach engineering, circuitry, programming, and data analysis.
ISS SPACE PROGRAM:
Designed for students who are interested in space science with a limited time commitment, this fast-paced, semester long course includes 2-3 pre-designed experiments, multiple data uploads to the ISS, and the opportunity for data analysis. Students will analyze experiments around heat, radiation, conduction, and convection and compare the results on earth and in micro-gravity.
ISS SPACE LAB:
Designed for students who have a passion for space science, this year-long, self-paced program includes research for a single custom experiment which will be launched to the ISS. Data analysis will be available the following school year. Prerequisite: Completion of the VCJH Space Elective, VCHS ISS Space Program, or previous VCHS ISS Program experience.
Students in the International Space Station (ISS) Space Lab conceive, design, build, test, integrate, and qualify customized science experiments that are sent into space and active on the ISS for 30 days. Each experiment module contains a digital camera and student-programmed microcontroller, and the experiment data is sent to Earth for student evaluation. Student teams have the opportunity to present their flight test results at space-sponsored conferences and work with partner school from around the world. Teachers and administrators interested in implementing the ISS Program in their school can learn more by visiting Quest for Space.
- Recent VCHS student experiments on the International Space Station include:
- The Effects of BAM-FX Nutrient Solution and Endophytes on Plant Growth in Microgravity
- The Efficacy of Sharklet Material in Preventing the Growth of E. coli Bacteria in Microgravity
- The Effects of Microgravity on the Electrochemical Characteristics of a Microbial Fuel Cell
- Measuring the Rate of Lactococcus lactus Fermentation in Microgravity
- Measuring Radiation with Respect to Solar Flares and the South Atlantic / Anomaly / Light Propulsion in Microgravity / Ferrofluid Heat Dissipation
- Prevention of Biofilm Formation in Microgravity Using an Antimicrobial Copper Paint
- Slime Mold (Physarum Polycephalum) Growth in Patterned Structure under Micro-gravity
- The Effects of BAM-FX (Bio-Available Mineral Formula-X) Nutrient Solution and Endophytes on Marathon Broccoli Plant Growth in Microgravity
- Awards and distinctions include commendations from the San Jose Mayor’s office and letters of congratulations from:
- Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn
- Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle
- Actor Tom Hanks
- President Barack Obama
- Vice President Joe Biden
- California State Senator Barbara Boxer
The Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society is a national high school and two-year college Mathematics Honor Society with over 110,000 student members in more than 2,400 U.S. schools and 20 foreign countries. Competitions include mathematics at all levels and are a blend of team and individual formats.
Ocean Discovery students are part of the Valley Christian High School’s MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Team, which promotes annual, regional and international competitions for building remotely operated vehicles for use underwater. Students gain hands-on engineering experience by building an underwater robot in six months and compete against elite high schools and colleges from around the world.
VCHS’s Ocean Discovery MATE ROV team operates as a student-led company, with engineering and business aspects, and positions such as CEO and CFO; students handle everything from interviewing prospective team members, to designing electronics, to tracking the budget. This gives participants a unique opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills.
The MATE ROV competition has been featured in a book and two movies, and its alumni have gone into a variety of jobs in the ocean engineering industry. The competition values workplace safety and student leadership as well as real world connections, with tasks that model ocean engineering challenges in industry. Some tasks that have appeared as parts of previous competitions include deploying a micro-ROV to search the inside of a Corex drain pipe, using artificial intelligence to categorize shapes viewed through an underwater video feed, and designing an independent non-ROV device with a mechanism that causes it to detach from an anchor when it receives an acoustic tone from the team’s ROV.
Through participating in the MATE ROV competition, students learn skills such as technical writing, machining, CAD, programming, soldering, electrical design, assembly, and more. Students also learn business skills such as tracking purchases, marketing, pitching a product, and organizing a project. Each year in May, Ocean Discovery students compete against other high schools and colleges in a regional competition and have the opportunity to advance to the international competition that takes place in June.
Find more information on MATE here.
Robotics students develop teamwork and leadership skills in an exciting, hands-on environment where they design, create, analyze, and use embodied computational systems that interact with the human environment. In addition, teams participate in community service at local schools and expositions.
First semester Robotics focuses on developing skills in the areas of software, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer-aided design (CAD) and outreach. Activities focus on equipping students with the essential skillsets necessary for competing in the second semester FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season.
The second semester team will be chosen through a formal selection process including semester one students and previous competition team members.
During this semester, students compete in the fast-paced FRC competition season, giving them the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, and international level.
(Note: Students must be enrolled in VCHS’ Aerospace Engineering course to be eligible for this after-school program.)
The following STEM-focused clubs are available for students: 3D Design, Chemistry, Chess, Drone, Environmental, Forensics, Future of Science Association, Future Surgeons of America, HyTec, Makers, Marine Biology, Math Honors, MD Junior, Medical, Migraine Awareness, Nutrition, Physics, Puzzle, Quiz Bowl, SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Partnership), St. Jude Cancer, USA Biology Olympiad.
For detailed information, please visit our Student Clubs page.