School of the Month
High Tech High
Not many junior high and high schools can say they’ve had multiple experiments run aboard the International Space Station. Then again, there aren’t many schools like High Tech High.
High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV) is an open-campus, project-based public charter school in San Diego county with an emphasis on hands-on and community learning. As such, teachers are always looking for new and innovative ways to inspire their students, which made Quest for Space a perfect fit. “I almost had to re-read the inquiry email,” seventh grade science teacher Adam Koh said. “We’re doing an experiment in space? Of course I want in!”
Walking into her classroom, it’s clear Kara Quinlan loves her students, science, and Star Wars. “That’s the original crew up there,” Kara says as she motions to a poster of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo. “I’ve been a fan ever since I was little. The movie would start, ‘in a galaxy far, far away’ and I would think, how do we get there? What does warp speed feel like? What would it be like to be part of this great unknown?”