After-school programs and AMSE-endorsed clubs offer students a platform to engage with exciting material and the chance to participate in life-changing experiences.  

Astronomy Research

Astronomy Research provides students with practical, hands-on opportunities to learn about the exciting world of astronomy. Students learn about math, physics, chemistry, and the astrophysics behind astronomy, explore careers in the field, and dialogue with various industry professionals. Students will have access to professional-grade hardware and software (including a Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope) to study planets, nebulas, and solar events in VCS’ own on-campus observatory.

Hydroponics

In development for the 2018-19 school year, Hydroponics exposes students to a world where agriculture and engineering meet, providing an efficient way to produce a sustainable food source without the use of soil. Students will work with automated sensors for maintenance and management of a hydroponic farm, working in conjunction with students from Valley Christian Elementary, Junior High, and the High School Quest Incubator and WALK programs to create a system and business model that can be adopted beyond VCS.

International Space Station Program

Students in the International Space Station (ISS) Program conceive, design, build, test, integrate, and qualify customized science experiments that are sent into space and active on the ISS for 30 days. Each experiment module contains a digital camera and student-programmed microcontroller, and the experiment data is sent to Earth for student evaluation. Student teams have the opportunity to present their flight test results at space-sponsored conferences and work with partner school from around the world. Teachers and administrators interested in implementing the ISS Program in their school can learn more by visiting Quest for Space.

  • Recent VCHS student experiments on the International Space Station include:
    • The Effects of BAM-FX Nutrient Solution and Endophytes on Plant Growth in Microgravity
    • The Efficacy of Sharklet Material in Preventing the Growth of E. coli Bacteria in Microgravity
    • The Effects of Microgravity on the Electrochemical Characteristics of a Microbial Fuel Cell
    • Measuring the Rate of Lactococcus lactus Fermentation in Microgravity
    • Measuring Radiation with Respect to Solar Flares and the South Atlantic / Anomaly / Light Propulsion in Microgravity / Ferrofluid Heat Dissipation
    • Prevention of Biofilm Formation in Microgravity Using an Antimicrobial Copper Paint
    • Slime Mold (Physarum Polycephalum) Growth in Patterned Structure under Micro-gravity
    • The Effects of BAM-FX (Bio-Available Mineral Formula-X) Nutrient Solution and Endophytes on Marathon Broccoli Plant Growth in Microgravity
  • Awards and distinctions include commendations from the San Jose Mayor’s office and letters of congratulations from:
    • Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn
    • Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle
    • Actor Tom Hanks
    • President Barack Obama
    • Vice President Joe Biden
    • California State Senator Barbara Boxer


Math Team

The VCHS award-winning Math Team provides students with the opportunity to compete in local, national, and international competitions, attend seminars, and receive assessment testing. Qualifying students can participate in Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society.  
The Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society is a national high school and two-year college Mathematics Honor Society with over 110,000 student members in more than 2,400 U.S. schools and 20 foreign countries. Competitions include mathematics at all levels and are a blend of team and individual formats.

Ocean Discovery

Ocean Discovery, in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), exposes students to the field of ocean engineering. Students can design, build, and manipulate science experiments on the deep ocean floor, an opportunity only available at VCSthe only school in the world with its own student-accessible, deep-sea research platform. Competition opportunities for students include XPRIZE, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Marine Advance Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) program.

Robotics

Robotics promotes competition-based STEM, giving students the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, and national level. Students develop teamwork and leadership skills in an exciting, hands-on environment where they design, create, analyze, and use embodied computational systems that interact with the human environment. In addition, teams participate in community service at local school, expositions, and summer programs, with the opportunity for international outreach for interested students. Visit www.vcrobotics.net to learn more about the team.

Rocketry Development

Rocketry Development provides students the opportunity to design, build, and test rockets that will be launched to altitudes up to 10,000 feet. Students learn about aerodynamics, thrust, and propulsion, and develop skills on computer aided design (CAD) software and simulator programs. Rocket launches take place several times a year, with trips to the central valley in California and the Nevada desert for launch.
(Note: Students must be enrolled in VCHS’ Aerospace Engineering course to be eligible for this after-school program.)

Clubs

The following clubs are endorsed by the AMSE Institute: 3D Design, Chemistry, Chess, Drone, Environmental, Forensics, Future of Science Association, Future Surgeons of America, HyTec, Makers, Marine Biology, Math Honors, MD Junior, Medical, Migraine Awareness, Nutrition, Physics, Puzzle, Quiz Bowl, SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Partnership), St. Jude Cancer, USA Biology Olympiad


All of the Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative Clubs and Programs are also eligible for AMSE credit. For detailed information, please visit our Student Clubs page.

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