Steering student engineers

Eighty-eight students from Mira Loma Middle and Jurupa Valley High schools had a great time on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the CBU Engineering Indy Car Race Exhibition.  

The budding engineers viewed an Indy car and interacted with the student race crew.  Mike Free, an engineering teacher at JVHS, said other highlights for Jurupa students included touring an engineering building and labs, meeting with the college dean, and hearing from CBU students involved in the Indy program. 

​"They did a great job of explaining what they do as engineering students," Mr. Free said.  "And I think the kids really appreciated that because they're doing some of the same things, only at the high school level."

Cal Baptist earlier in 2016 launched the Auto Racing Initiative, partnering with KVHS Racing to teach students the engineering of Indy cars.  Tuesday's event was part of the university's outreach to local students interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Both Mira Loma Middle and Jurupa Valley High offer STEAM specialty programs.

What's more, four JUSD students – two in high school and two now in middle school – will receive engineering scholarships to CBU, thanks to strong attendance at the Indy exhibition.  Each honoree will collect $2,500 a year for four years, with the district deciding how to confer the awards.

Roberta Pace, Director of College and Career Readiness at JUSD, praised CBU's hard work in building local partnerships: "It's an opportunity for students to know they have a place to go and study engineering that's right in their backyard and that wants Jurupa students." 

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