Nineteen students representing as many CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses offered at both Downey High and Warren High Schools were presented by director Phil Davis to the Board of Education members on Tuesday last week, with several of the students distinguishing themselves by winning golds and silvers and bronzes in the various regional and state competitions they entered.
One Warren High Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering student in particular, Nicholas Pio, under teacher Glenn Yamasaki, outdid himself and emerged as the world champion outright by besting the competition from around the world. Pio was one of several contestants in the Dimension Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge which required the submission of a sound mechanical redesign of a product, along with a 200-word or more description and/or a 30-second video. Pio’s winning redesign had to do with improving the testers used today to check the fuel in general aviation.
CTE has been described as a partnership between the Downey Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) in an effort to “bridge the gap between the world of work and education, and whose purpose is to provide students the opportunity to acquire skills that prepare them for successful continuing education or, alternatively, career entry and advancement.” Yamasaki meanwhile describes Project Lead the Way as a “cutting-edge program that provides software, training and leadership development to both high schools’ engineers on campus, and where students have an opportunity not only to learn from industry professionals, but have the opportunity to teach and instruct them as well.”