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    The Da Vinci Center for Innovative Learning

    The Da Vinci Center for Innovative Learning is the educational intersection of art and science, of media and technology, and of students lives and the real world.

    Students rely on inquiry, creativity and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, digital arts and math to develop solutions to real world challenges. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with customized curricula are essential to their experience.

    Students become co-designers of their educational program and choose from a variety of learning experiences such as robotics, digital electronics, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, graphic arts, and video production. Modern technologies are blended with foundational skills such as drawing, sculpting, painting, model building, and other classical disciplines.

    Strong relationships with the business community allow Da Vinci students to learn beyond the classroom through internships, mentoring, and field trips. Existing partnerships, both formal and informal, include Apple Inc., PG&E, AECOM, Altamont Commuter Express, National Energy Education Development project, Green Team San Joaquin, Teen Truth, and the American Red Cross.

    The Da Vinci Center is organic in nature so that it can evolve quickly to stay in sync with innovations in learning, science, media and current events. Students, teachers, and business partners work together continuously to shape its dynamic future.


    The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. - Leonardo Da Vinci


    May 1, 2012

    Two Green Sector Career Academies at the San Joaquin County Office of Education:

    The Venture Academy New Energy Academy prepares students for continuing education and careers in the energy sector and has as its primary industry partner the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a major US gas and utility provider. Students participate in relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematic curriculum and are exposed to unique learning experiences such as visiting an operational wind farm or spending a day in an energy research laboratory. The CTE courses are STEM and project-based. Energy-related design and build projects include efficient home designs and electric vehicles and require the use of hand and power tools, drafting and Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Post-secondary partnerships are being developed with the University of the Pacific, University of Phoenix, and Delta Community College.

    This fall, Venture Academy is launching a new Clean Transportation Technologies Academy, a four-year program dedicated to future careers and emerging technologies in the transportation field. In California, transportation uses more energy than all other uses combined and the state has ambitious goals to increase renewable energy production while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Toward becoming more energy efficient, increasing our energy security, and protecting the environment, students focus on three areas: electric vehicles and hybrids, alternative fuels, and transportation systems such as high-speed rail. Academy industry partners include engineering and architecture giant AECOM, the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, and the Altamont Corridor Rail Project.

    Both programs engage students in inquiry, creativity and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, digital arts and math to develop solutions to real world challenges. Modern technologies are blended with foundational skills such as drawing, sculpting, painting, model building, and other classical disciplines. Strong relationships with the business community allow students to learn beyond the classroom through internships, mentoring, and field trips. Students, teachers, and business partners work together continuously improve these two academies.

    April 25, 2012

    Green Sector Career Academies at the San Joaquin County Office of Education

    The Venture Academy Family of Schools (a charter school) at SJCOE is home to two exciting green jobs California Partnership Academy Programs: the New Energy Academy and the Clean Transportation Academy.

    One of five programs sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Ventures New Energy Academy is based on the California Department of Education's Partnership Academy model, a three-year program for students in grades 10-12. By focusing on a specific career theme, the academy creates a school within a school. Once committed to the program, students participate in relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematic curriculum and are exposed to unique learning experiences such as visiting an operational wind farm or spending a day in an energy research laboratory.

    The Clean Transportation Technologies Academy is a four-year program dedicated to future careers and emerging technologies in the transportation field. In the US, transportation uses more energy than all other uses combined and toward becoming more efficient, increasing our energy security, and protecting the environment, students focus on three areas: electric vehicles and hybrids, alternative fuels, and transportation systems such as high-speed rail. Transportation partners include AECOM, the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, and the Altamont Corridor Rail Project.

    In both academies, students are required to earn nationally recognized certifications in safety, use of hand and power tools, understanding construction documents, and they develop important soft skills required by the work place. Science, History, English, and Math courses must meet University of California A through G standards.

    Venture Academy recognizes both the urgent need in the work place for qualified employees and the need for well-trained designers and engineers who can develop new energy efficient and sustainable solutions for meeting our energy and transportation needs. These two academies fit well into the project-based approach to educational excellence that has been practiced at SJCOE operated schools for close to 20 years. Students have access to a variety of resources including the Media Arts lab, video studio, CAD CAM and rapid prototyping labs, robotics and electronics centers, and a full scale working Space Shuttle cockpit where students can run shuttle mission simulations.

    Our staff continues to refine the educational experience for students by building relationships with local and regional businesses, agencies, and nonprofits in an integrated effort to make our programs more relevant and engaging. Our Energy and Transportation Academies are the best expression of these efforts.

    For more information call Barry Scott 209 482 5663 or bscott@sjcoe.net

    Visit our SJCOE Green Page: http://wiki.sjcoe.net/groups/sjcoegreen/

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