The DPEA Showcase, open now through April 14 at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation® , is the result of an innovative and creative partnership between DPEA and MOXI. Over the course of the last 18 months, the two like-minded organizations have worked together to formalize a vision to offer students in the DPEA the opportunity to design, manufacture, produce and install interactive exhibits at MOXI. These new exhibits have been installed in the second floor Simms/Mann Family Foundation Bridge gallery space at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
MOXI’s director of exhibits, Sean O’Brien, and DPEA’s founder and executive director, Amir Abo-Shaeer have spent significant time collaborating to make this experience as meaningful as possible for DPEA students and MOXI guests alike. O’Brien has invested time with the students in their workshop space at the DPEA campus as well as on the museum floor, helping them to understand the opportunities, challenges and constraints associated with designing and producing exhibits for interactive science museums.
“We place a high priority on real-world experiences in our approach to learning, and in the world of exhibit design, there’s nothing more real world than thousands of visitors engaging with your design, pushing it to its limits. We’re grateful to MOXI for the opportunity this partnership provides our students,” said Abo-Shaeer.
“DPEA is such a trailblazer in their approach to STEAM education, so this partnership is a natural fit. I hope it can serve as a model to our museum peers across the country that teens can pull off some pretty amazing things if you give them the tools, the space and the freedom to try. They bring a unique point of view and fearlessness that we sometimes stifle as we get older or more entrenched in our careers,” said Robin Gose, president and CEO of MOXI. “This partnership is such a meaningful way for MOXI to collaborate with local students to leverage the homegrown talent and innovation in our own community.”
The DPEA Showcase is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 14 and is included with general admission to MOXI. It is generously funded in part by a gift from Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin.
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation® is dedicated to igniting learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s redeveloped tourist area at 125 State Street, the museum is LEED-certified Gold and serves guests of all ages through its hands-on exhibits and education programs. For more information, visit moxi.org.
The online Application for the DPEA Class of 2023 is now closed. The deadline to apply was Friday, December 14, 2018.
The Online Application to apply for the DPEA Class of 2023 is now available. All the information you need to know about applying to the DPEA can be found here, or go to the Admissions Tab at top of our home page.
Applications are due no later than Friday, December 14th.
Vlog by Annie Field and Phoebe Naughton
These are the Juniors working on their Kinetic Sculptures and their abstract sculptures. They are currently in the process of finishing their projects and beginning to program their individual sculptures.
By Kalissa Flint, Gia Halleck, Karina Aghayan
By Tommy Brennan and Ginger Vance
By Tori Fay
On Thursday, October 5th, DPEA held a special Back-to-School night for parents of junior and senior students. Parents had an opportunity to hear from DPEA staff about the upcoming year, as well as hearing some of last year’s seniors speak about their experiences and achievements. Recent graduates shared insight about how the engineering academy has impacted them over their four years and positioned them for their academic futures.
“We were blown away by learning about all the detailed work that goes into the design and creation of the junior year project, the kinetic sculpture. We can’t wait to see the finished project. It was also really helpful to hear about what's coming in the senior year, and how to plan for it. Hearing the real-life experiences of the two recent DPEA graduates was also also a high point. We came away from the evening with a much better appreciation of what to expect this junior year in the DPEA!"
On Sunday before school started, the incoming DPEA freshmen and their families were treated to a fun and informative welcome on campus. We all remember how confusing a new campus seems at first, and all the questions we have:
How will I find my classes?
Where do they keep safety goggles again?
Where do I sit for lunch?
Started three years ago, the Freshman Kickoff is designed to answer questions and introduce students and families to DPEA. Emily Shaeer, DPEA Program Coordinator, presented an overview of the history of the academy, how the academy is structured, and what students can expect in the first few days of school. Next, students and families toured the DPEA facilities.
"I had no idea the facilities were so expansive. I am impressed with the caliber of machinery, safety procedures and the kind of work the kids will be doing during their four years. I wish I could have had this experience in high school!” shared Alison Carlson, mother of freshman Sydney Carlson.
After everyone refueled with goodies and drinks, students had an opportunity to learn more about DPEA Business Teams. Various responsibilities in the academy are supported by business teams comprised of students and parent volunteers, including travel planning, apparel ordering and selling, admissions, building maintenance, managing supply chain, art, grant writing and communications. Although participating on Business Teams typically starts sophomore year, freshman students appreciated the chance to hear what the teams do so they can plan ahead about participating in future years.
“I didn’t realize the students helped with things like planning the traveling and keeping the machine shops running. I’m interested in a few Business Teams and will use this year to learn more about what they do. It helped having them all in one place,” said freshman Nate Vance.
Emily Shaeer was pleased with the large turnout and positive feedback she got from parents. “I had parents asking about everything from curricular questions to how to navigate the parking lot in the morning. It was great to give students and parents a chance to be on campus and ask questions about the DPEA before the first day of school.”