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Freshman Austin Cox working on a sketching project in engineering.

Freshman Austin Cox working on a sketching project in engineering.

Freshman Austin Cox working on a sketching project in engineering.

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Engineering is a four year Career and Technical Education program here at Buena for anyone with even a slight interest in the STEM field. STEM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The engineering program starts its first year with a year-long Introduction to Engineering Design class, and ends with Engineering Design and Development. Each year is taught by Mr.  Craig Hopper, a teacher many enjoy working with. The class covers a large range of projects, from making 3D models of objects online, to learning how to sketch and shade. Because the class covers such different topics, the class is easy to succeed in no matter your strengths. The program encourages students to step out of their comfort zone through new projects and assignments.

Thomas Smith is a freshman at Buena trying out his first year of engineering. “The school year just started, but I already see myself continuing in engineering until senior year,” says Smith. Many freshman, and students of all grades, in the program agree as well, and would love to continue their journey in engineering.

Students in engineering are currently using Autodesk, an online program that allows students to create a 3D model right at their fingertips. For many, this is their first chance to try something like 3D models, but for some, this is something that they’ve had practice with before. No matter their experience level in engineering, students can still have fun in class while getting their work done correctly. This just proves how any student can join the program, and still succeed.

“One of my friends didn’t really want to take this class at all, but I sort of made him do it with me,” Smith jokes. “But I think he is still doing really good. I’m not super smart either, but it’s not like I think I’ll fail out of the class. Engineering isn’t the easiest, but it’s not like you need to be a genius to pass.”

The program is also more than just that: A program. It also has its own career and technical student organization, or CTSO. The CTSO just recently had their officer elections, and are a great group of engineering students who work well together. The CTSO has their meetings during their RTI time, which is open to any engineering student. This CTSO allows students to be able to take the reins of the program, with the help of Mr. Hopper.

Buena’s engineering classes are a part of a welcoming CTE program open to all, as long as you have a passion for learning and an open mind.

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