COVID-19 Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.  San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April.  We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan.  We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.

If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed.  Getting Internet Access: Available Plans

Thank you for your patience and support. 




Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles

Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.

Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020
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Student Projects

Kinected Coasters

Author: David Gillingham

Grade: 8th

Subjects: Engineering, Math, Physics

Kinected Coasters: Project Photo
Kinected Coasters: Project Photo
Kinected Coasters: Project Photo
Kinected Coasters: Project Photo
Kinected Coasters: Project Photo

How do we build grit and craftsmanship in ourselves and our community through the lense of physics and making?

How will the transformation of energy impact a marble as it travels through a rolling ball sculpture?

Our students explored the Law of Conservation of Energy by constructing marble roller coasters out of 12 gauge galvanized steel wire.  Through the construction and design process, our students explored the dynamic nature of energy and performed calculations to determine how much kinetic energy, potential energy and velocity the marble possessed at each significant moment in their roller coasters.

This project is a hands-on exploration of energy. Students will meld art, physics, mathematics and elements of design and engineering to build a rolling ball sculpture. The purpose of the sculpture is for students themselves to design a model that illustrates how energy transforms when an object is presented with different circumstances related to mass, height and velocity. Engineers and artists will be given all the necessary tools, materials and content to design a 3 foot tall and 4 foot wide marble track that successfully transports a marble from the beginning to the end that is designed and constructed completely by hand. In addition, students will perform calculations at different points on their sculpture in order to explain how it functions at those specific location.


Kinematic Physics

-The Law of Conservation of Energy

-Potential and Kinetic Energy

-Acceleration and Velocity

-Energy Transformations

-Centripetal force

-Radial acceleration

Technical Skills

-Brazing with Butane Torch and Solder

-Precise Wire Bending

-Wire Heat Shrinking

-Wire Straightening Techniques


-Solving Multi-Step Algebraic Equations

-Unit Conversions


-Complex macro and micro design

MS-PS3-1. Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
MS-PS3-2. Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
MS-PS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.*
MS-PS3-4. Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.
MS-PS3-5. Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.



Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b results (where a and b are different numbers).



Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.


-Parents, Family, Peers at HTMMA’s Exhibition Night

-The HTMMA Community for years to come

This Upcoming Year: Elementary School Students, Board of Engineers and Professionals

-Students learn advanced fine-motor technical skills

Extensions- Workshops from outside professionals, Maker’s Place field trip, students teach others students in different grades how to use tools.

-3 ft by 4ft Steel Marble Rolling Ball Sculpture

-Graphic Novel illustrated and written by students based on a fictional character who was impacted by the historical event or character they studied

-Think-Tac-Toe individual projects

-Team Kinematics Test as ticket to begin building

-RBS Tags Individual Physics Calculations

-Conversions Math Assessment

-Post Exhibition Reflection on Digital Portfolio