Honor Code: CVESD Engineering Teacher Receives County Award

CVESD Engineering Teacher Receives County Award
Posted on 03/27/2018
District Engineering Teacher Michael Bruder

Under the expert guidance of District Engineering Teacher Michael Bruder, plastic animals, colorful pompoms and tiny motors whir to life in the hands of robo-crafting students who explore high-tech careers and learn to code each week in the District’s Innovation Station.


At the Thinkabit Lab-inspired makerspace, Grade 6 students immerse themselves in the World of Work, where they learn about careers in STEM fields that suit their strengths, interests and values, and work together to build robots they program with the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform.


In recognition of his work to help students blend art and engineering and for inspiring creativity and innovation, Mr. Bruder has been named Outstanding Staff Member by the San Diego County School Boards Association. He will be among 34 outstanding educators, parents, community partners, board members and support staff who will be celebrated next month at the 2018 Honoring Our Own Awards Dinner.District Engineering Teacher Michael Bruder provides students with experiences that connect them to the World of Work.


The gala event is sponsored by two education associations — the San Diego County School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators Region 18, which represents 59 public school districts throughout San Diego and Imperial counties that serve children in preschool through 12th grade.


The Innovation Station, located at the Civic Center branch library, was created through a collaboration of the Chula Vista Elementary School District with Qualcomm and the City of Chula Vista. Mr. Bruder has been its program coordinator from the start.


“The lab makes the students’ eyes light up when they see it and visitors literally hear them say, ‘Wow!’ as they enter,” said Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D. “Mr. Bruder worked long hours to implement the Innovation Station experience from the ground up to give students a unique blend of strength-finding and career interests, coding and collaborative group work.”


Since it opened in 2016, more than 4,500 Grade 6 students annually have spent at least one day in the Innovation Station. The lab has received a Classroom of the Future Foundation award and been recognized by the South County Economic Development Council.


Mr. Bruder’s passion for technology and engineering was also praised by state library officials, who singled out the Innovation Station as a model partnership for libraries throughout California.


Additionally, Mr. Bruder works alongside Microsoft staff to engage students in extended-learning opportunities through Minecraft, an adventure video game the builds collaboration and 21st century skills.

 Innovation Station is recognized as a model partnership by state library officials. Click to learn more.

“His passion for providing students with experiences that connect them to the World of Work is incredible,” Dr. Escobedo said. “Each child leaves believing there is a place for them in the world and that their individual strengths and values are an asset to their community.”


Mr. Bruder said he was honored to be nominated by the superintendent and to receive the award from the San Diego County School Boards Association.


“I am just one part of an amazing team at our District that is very passionate about the work that we are doing at the Innovation Station and in the schools across our District,” Mr. Bruder said. “Together, our goal is to introduce our students to the World of Work and help them to find their place in the world through exploring their strengths, interests, and values as well as the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) subjects.”


The 16th annual Honoring Our Own Awards Dinner will be held April 27 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island. More than 500 people are expected to attend.
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