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SHPE Jr.

The SHPE Jr. Committee exists as a structured method of empowering younger students to realize their fullest potential by providing STEM awareness, access, support and development.

What We Do

Cal Poly SHPE members are able to assist local high school students to reach their full potential by bridging the gap between their high school years and the goal of attending a university.

The members of the committee go to local high schools, providing organized STEM activities and events while also acting as mentors for students.

Some events include:

  • Financial aid workshops
  • Informative presentations on STEM related subjects
  • Hands on activities and demonstrations
  • College tours
  • Tutoring opportunities
  • Awareness of events and resources in the area
  • Networking with STEM field professionals
  • End of year student recognition banquet
  • Who's Involved

    The committee has an organized structure and is comprised of about 10 active members and many additional volunteers. Each member has a different role which include:

    • Professional Communications Officer:
      • Responsible for being the SHPE Jr. Chapter Representative
      • Responsible for contacting/delegating the task to contact Nationals/Foundation, professionals, guest speakers, advisors, high school personnel, etc.
      • Responsible for recognizing and organizing all documentation and paperwork needed for establishing a new chapter and running the current chapter
      • Will work extensively with the Outreach Events Officer
    • Outreach Events Officer:
      • Responsible for carrying out/delegating high school SHPE Jr. events, finding volunteers, gathering materials, organizing carpools, asking the SHPE Outreach Coordinator to promote events, etc.
      • Will work extensively with the Professional Communications Officer
    • Secretary:
      • Responsible for scribing minutes during committee meetings and keeping track of members who are present during each meeting. Secretary shall then distribute the minutes or other necessary documentation/information to all committee members
      • Assists Outreach Coordinator, Professional Communications Officer, and Outreach Events Officer with sharing permissions on items via the committee’s Google Drive, with emailing committee members, and with updating committee calendar
    • Treasurer:
      • Monitors the “cashbox” in order to ensure that funds are used appropriately by the committee and its members. Keeps an organized record through an excel sheet and updates the committee about any spending activities
      • Notifies the MEP Advisors (Katie and Maria) of any approved and upcoming withdrawals or deposits to be done by any SHPE Jr. committee members
      • Assists members with Purchase Request Forms (PRFs)
    • Historian:
      • Responsible for taking pictures at every SHPE Jr. event
      • Documents every event by writing formatted memos of the events including a short summary along with a few captioned images, these are to be posted in Google Drive
      • During events, the historian keeps track of the presentations given, along with the names of the speakers and to be aware of the people photographed in order to properly caption the photos in the event summaries

    Join Us

    Any member of the Cal Poly SHPE club can join the SHPE Jr. Committee. Simply email shpejr.calpoly@gmail.com or ask one of the current committee members how you can join the fun!

    Past Events

    SHPE Cal Poly makes an effort to engage our SHPE Jr. chapters in activities that will help encourage success in STEM fields, along with getting ready for college.

    Roller Coaster Activity

    Roller Coaster Activity Roller Coaster Activity

    Students were provided with supplies in order to build a rollercoaster with as many loops as possible. They were given a brief presentation on the principles involved in designing rollercoasters and used the information to brainstorm and execute their own ideas.


    Wing Design

    Wing Design Wing Design

    Students were given the opportunity to design and build the longest airplane wing with a limited number of popsicle sticks and tape. They were introduced to concepts that professional engineers deal with when designing actual airplane wings.


    SHPE Jr. Tour

    Cal Poly SHPE provides students with a full day of tours, food, and STEM activities. This year, the students made ice-cream with liquid nitrogen and participated in two activities. In the first activity, students deconstructed and analyzed several electronics. In the second activity, students assembled solar powered vehicles and competed to see which vehicle traveled the furthest.

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