Beaumont High School’s gymnasium featured a variety of science, engineering and art experiments the night of March 2 that gave students a taste of fields and industries within Career Technical Education.

This was the first year that the Beaumont Unified School District has held the CTE event, which provided students and theirs families insight into fields such as Health Science and Medical Technology, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Engineering and information Communication Technology – just a few of the industries covered under Career Technical Education.

Christobal Vallez, 17, a junior, created a game, with two of his friends, that was available for visitors to try that Thursday night.

They created it originally as a carnival game for a Special Olympics event and brought it out again for the CTE event. It took them three days to make the game.

Using a piece of wood as the backdrop, the students used 86 nails and secured them onto the wood. Then they placed 11 cannisters on the bottom of the wood.

Christobal said the idea of the game is to place a ping pong ball at the top and see where it drops as it bounces through the nails, hopefully into one of the cannisters.

“Your goal is to try to make it go to the ends,” he said.

The engineering students dropped the ball 15,000 times by testing it on a computer. The majority of the time, the ball landed in the middle.

On the other side of the gym, students and adults were using a white baton to hit two characters named Red Men, which were Beaumont High School students wearing bulky red plastic gear.

Criminal Justice instructor Rob Ritchie said that people get 30 seconds to use the baton to hit the Red Men, but the intent is not to injure them.

Ritchie said it gives students a understanding of what police officers are thinking when they are using a baton.

Jorge Ojeda, 16, an 11th grader, had two women try out the baton on him – his grandmother, Maria Arteaga, and his mother, Lorena Ojeda.

His grandmother didn’t feel any guilt about trying out the baton. “He told me, hit me hard, grandma,” in Spanish, which was translated by her daughter.

His mother – Arteaga’s daughter – laughed and said she wanted him to turn around so she could hit him in the backside (she didn’t). Ojeda said the Criminal Justice class has been good for her son, who has volunteer as a Beaumont Explorer and wants to go into the Army and eventually become a police officer.

Ray Castro, 17, said the Criminal Justice class rehearsed the experiments that afternoon. Castro role played as a police officer and said he enjoyed the experience.

“The red men were trying to assault me. I was trying to get him to stop resisting,” Ray said.

Ritchie said that the school got the Red Men equipment in time for this school year thanks to a three-year grant.

Another experiment included a pedal car that people could ride in it while wearing glasses that gave off the effect of being drunk or on LSD. By wearing the goggles, people could understand what it is like to be on drugs or drink too much.

Beaumont High School students Annalisa Garcia, Paul Sanchez and Matthew Adamczeski, along with Matthew’s sister, Rena, posed in front of a green backdrop in the Digital Arts and Entertainment section.

Beaumont High School junior Anthony Floyd, 16 was the night’s photographer, getting the cousins to pose while he took their photo.

Anthony said they use “Dreamscape” in class to make their backgrounds.

Then it was up to Rufaro Marehwa, 15, and Bre’a Kerl, 16, to take the original photo and set it against a background such as the sky and earth.

They said that the subjects can choose their own background for their photos.

Both Rufaro and Bre’a are looking at careers in graphic design.

“I love the creativity,” Rufaro said. “Taking this class has opened up a lot of college opportunities.”

Staff writer Julie Farren may be reached at (951) 849-4586 ext. 119.


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