In February, Esperanza High School (EHS) Aztec Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM) Academy students successfully installed Lock-Bloks on 150 doors on campus. Lock-Bloks are designed to allow classroom doors to remain in the locked position. During emergency situations, staff members can simply disengage the device and the door is locked. There is no need to look for keys or enter the hallway to lock doors, potentially exposing individuals to dangers.
The Academy’s teacher, Mr. Jeff Wallace, guided his AEM students through proper install instructions, then the class dispersed into teams of five with each student assigned a different duty. The teams worked collaboratively around campus ensuring that they worked on every door in a timely manner. It was a great example of project based learning where students practiced communication, collaboration, responsibility, critical thinking, connecting to real-life context, and most importantly, taking PRIDE in their school and a job well done.
Esperanza is proud of the work that Mr. Wallace and his students did. They were focused, efficient, and took PRIDE in knowing they were working on something to better the school and to create a safer environment for all Aztecs.
Watch a brief video of the AEM students in action below.