National Academy of Engineering at Chavez

The Academy of Engineering (AOE) are new schools that focus high school students on careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They are designed to help meet the increasing demand for qualified employees in the field of engineering. The National Academy Foundation (NAF)Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and NACME have joined forces to create these small learning communities.

The goals of the Academies of Engineering are to:

  • Recruit and encourage more high school students to choose careers in engineering and engineering technology.
  • Increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the study of engineering.
  • Prepare high school graduates to enter postsecondary engineering and engineering technology programs fully competent in required mathematics, science, and technical subjects.

The Education Task Force began in 2006 with the mission of vitalizing public education in the East End. An interactive partnership of the Chamber, Houston Independent School District and Chavez High School implemented Project Lead the Way and today over 400 students are enrolled in the program.

Rice University joined the partnership to launch a summer enrichment program for Project Lead the Way students at Chavez High School in June 2008! Students are challenged with experiential science and math classes taught by Rice master teachers, and enjoy field trips to Rice and East End businesses. The program is a pilot project for Rice, with the East End as the first beneficiary!

2012 SUCCESS: 55 graduating seniors received laptops through the "Computers for College" Program through the Foundation

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