Fairmont Prep Academy has tremendous student success in math and science. Consistently over the last few years, the College Board and the Siemens Corporation have recognized Fairmont Prep as being one of the top math, science, and technology schools in California. This success led to the creation of the Engineering Magnet Program, which is designed to prepare motivated students to succeed at highly-regarded engineering colleges and applied science programs.
In our Engineering Magnet Program, students can earn up to 25 semester units of university credit by taking Fairmont engineering and math courses. Through our partnerships with University of Arizona and California State University at Fullerton, Fairmont offers seven actual college courses on the Prep campus. The engineering coursework is supplemented by guest speakers, field trips, and internships (including Boeing) to give students an appreciation and a comprehensive understanding of the engineering world.
Recently, our Engineering Magnet students traveled to Pasadena for the AIAA Space Exposition and Conference hosted by the AIAA and Northrup Grumman. Upon arrival, students were treated to a tour of the exposition floor by a JPL engineer. They visited exhibits hosted by top aerospace and aeronautic companies including NASA/JPL, US Department of Commerce, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and ATK. After touring the exhibits (and receiving many gifts) the students ate lunch and informally chatted with professional engineers about their work. After lunch, a guest speaker from NASA/JPL spoke to the students about the various things they do and specifically discussed Curiousity, the latest Mars Rover. Finally, a panel of experts from a variety of fields and companies, including Scott Willoughby, vice president and program manager of the James Webb Space Telescope, spoke to the students and answered their questions regarding what they do and their advice for students interested in pursuing engineering.
Read more about our Engineering Magnet students and their recent activities in their Fall Newsletter.
-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools