Robotics, Electronics and Technology
Posted on 04/10/2014

Sierra Vista Middle School Career Day

Sierra Vista Middle School recently hosted Career Day, one of the biggest events of the school year.  The theme of this annual event was “Robotics, Electronics and Technology” where Sierra Vista took a futuristic approach to careers.

An energetic and exciting rally began the day with the key-note speaker, Roger Huynh, a computer visual effects artist, speaking about his best visual effects award-winning film, “Lord of the Rings”. This artist is also known for his work on “Iron Giant,” “BOLT,” “Wreck It Ralph,” “The Two Towers,” and “Scooby Doo” to name just a few. In addition to Huynh, Tony Shen and Alex Vazquez from Channel 4 News delivered a motivating message about future goals. Students were inspired as they listened to information about media opportunities in the news field.

The SVMS Leadership Team performed a skit that advanced the entire school 20 years ahead to their class reunion, year 2034! Students Marissa Rodriguez, Tanner Golden and Carrie Lewis showcased their futuristic careers as a robotics engineer, NBL player who challenges robotic baseball teams and a virtual attorney.

Following the rally, Sierra Vista students were presented with an awe-inspiring lineup of 45 guest speakers in their classrooms. Middle-schoolers journeyed to five different classes where they participated in career presentations. Some of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) speakers included a space engineer who has worked on a billion dollar project, a quality field engineer who works on missiles, a software developer who revealed some new creations, and a neuroscientist who brought real brain tissue from the lab for students to inspect. Other unique presenters included a mobile app developer, an archaeologist who spoke of discoveries on Catalina Island, a sound engineer and satellite technician as well as a solar car developer. Law enforcement officers and firefighters also donated their time and shared their knowledge, focusing on the technological side of their careers and discussing what their jobs might be like 20 years from now.

Students were not the only participants impressed with Career Day. A Sierra Vista teacher commented by saying, “I love that so many STEM experts came to speak! The speaker from Ratheon (Chris Jones) was awesome.” 

Guest speakers also appreciated their time at Sierra Vista.  One presenter shared: “I wanted to thank you for the invitation to speak at SVMS and congratulate you on a very well-organized event. I know the students were excited and I am sure they had lots to think about when the day was over. You have a very wonderful and friendly staff and well-maintained campus.”

Career Day offered plenty of hands-on activities that students are still talking about!  Some of the most memorable experiences were working with the drug-detecting canine, riding in the police car and practicing with fingerprinting dust. Due to the visits from a variety of guest speakers, SV students had opportunities that will be sure to help create extraordinary futures!