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A.C.E. Is The Place For Creativity And Teamwork

The A.C.E (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentoring program has been engaging students here at Rhodes high school in STEM fields since 2011. The A.C.E program is a way for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields to get hands-on experience working on projects with current professionals working in architecture, construction and engineering. Each year, students in the program will be assigned to a request for proposal, or RFP. Through teamwork and help from the mentors, the students will present their proposal at a banquet at the end of the year with the other participating schools in the district. Through these projects, students acquire useful, life long skills, school such as leadership and cooperation.  Mr. Paul Lockhart, our beloved science teacher, has been the cooperating teacher for A.C.E since 2011. He believes that A.C.E “helps connecting the dots” from where students are currently to where they would need to be as professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. “From connecting the dots, more students have considered college for A.C.E related fields”. Being in A.C.E is beneficial for students who aren’t interested in these fields professionally. Gavin Reiland, Rhodes class of 2015, used the drawings he made for A.C.E in his portfolio for the Cleveland Institute of Art. Being involved in the program also offers internships and scholarship opportunities. In the last 3 years alone, students have received over $100,000 in scholarships. But the benefits do not stop there. This year, students in the program have been asked to come up with ideas to renovate the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the school with the most impressive and innovative proposals will have their work used in the actual renovations. Giving students a platform for their creativity and teamwork is what A.C.E is all about. In 2013, Rhodes students came up with a model zombie apocalypse fallout shelter for their proposal on how to use sustainable energy. Orlando Brown, the lead A.C.E mentor for James Ford Rhodes High School, has been a mentor in A.C.E for 5 years. When I asked Mr. Brown what A.C.E means in his own words he said, “A.C.E is Awareness, Career, Exposure. We bring awareness about careers and the exposure part is bringing in different people.” So if you're interested in architecture, construction or engineering, or you just want to be a part of club at school where you can challenge yourself, A.C.E would be the one to join. It is a great way to expose yourself to new ideas and experiences. The benefits from being in the program go far beyond the scholarships and the pizza they feed you every meeting!



Jarett Theberge