Makos Engineering

Maritime, Coastal, Enviromental, Architecture, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Coding, and Robotics

Where future engineers begin their academic journey

Makos Engineering is the breeding ground for students wishing to pursue a career in one of the diverse engineering disciplines. The academic rigor and hands on experiences of Makos engineering opportunities allow students to gain experiences that rival many college experiences. Makos Engineering graduates continue their education at prestigious universities like Florida Tech, MIT, Princeton, Georgia Tech, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). We teach materials (in high-school) that most students don't receive until their 1st, 2nd or even 3rd year of college education. Plus our "hand-on" curriculum (and maker-space shop) allow our students to build projects at a college graduate level that impact both MAST Academy and the greater Miami community. Our projects include furnature making, underwater robots, building classic arcade systems, ninja-warrior style obstacle course, rc-car courses, zip-line course, esports, and entrepreneur product creation.

Start the Engineering Journey

FL-DOE Curriculum: Applied Engineering Technology I (8401110)

For the academic year 2021, Engineering I students are immersed in a role-playing situation where their world is flooded. They will have to learn basic construction techniques using available materials to reconstruct a more sustainable civilization in a maritime environment.

This year's curriculum is written by Mr. Miller and will be an academically challenging project-base course. Students projects and lessons will be based on building solutions using a theme of "designing new solutions after disastrous climate change events", such as floods and hurricanes, for maritime, ocean, and coastal engineering environments. Students will learn about sustainable solutions and green engineering. Naval architecture(ship design) and maritime vocabulary will also be a major highlight. At the end of the year, students should be proficient with common hand tools and power tools, plus acquire knowledge on how to build and implement solutions to real-world problems.

2020-21 Theme: Roleplaying a flooded world

Imagine a world (in the not so distant future) where most of the east coast of the USA is underwater because of a 70 meter rise in sea level. In this role-playing situation, our future engineers have inherited a mostly water world where resources are scarce. There is no Publix or Home Depot available, so students must learn to reduce, reuse and recycle. This disaster-recovery-survival world requires lots of creative engineering beyond the textbook. Engineering I students will role-play redesigning and rebuilding parts of their local civilization in a world with limited allocated resources. Careful planning and execution is required as students build their own solutions. Students will also begin using hand and power tools, learn to work in groups(remotely), and learn project planning and accounting. Basic construction techniques will be covered, a well as how to plan and organize their lifestyles.

Continuing the Engineering Journey

FL-DOE Curriculum: Applied Engineering Technology II (8401120)

FL-DOE Curriculum: Applied Engineering Technology III (8401130)

FL-DOE Curriculum: Advanced Technology Applications (8601900)

Students that have completed their first year of engineering are tasked with more advanced projects.

For the academic year 20-21 advance engineering projects will be based around mechatronics. Mechatronic engineering projects unite the principles of mechanics, material science, electronics, and computing technology including artificial intelligence to perform a task. In the modern world, mechatronics is everywhere. Examples of mechatronics include robotic assembly lines, drones, automotive subsystems such as drive trains or anti-lock braking systems, and everyday equipment such as autofocus cameras, computer hard disks, appliances and vending machines.

In particular, students will be building arduino projects to solve real world problems, including some COVID solutions.

Robotics Club

Clubs are designed to be enjoyable. Therefore, the Mecha Makos Robotics Club encourages a spirit of cooperation and sportsmanship with the various other schools in the competitions. It is a winning formula that students really enjoy being part of the culture.

If you wish to join the Mecha Makos Robotics Club, please contact Mr. Miller.

Coding Club

Coding Competitions called hackathons all the rage for students, newer programmers and even seasoned professionals. The rise in popularity comes for good reason. Not only are they fun, but they allow students to compete against other groups for a prize.

eSports Club

eSports Club offers MAST Academy students comrodorary through the competitive world of gaming. Not only will our eSports athletes become a responsible digital citizen but they will also become a part of a team that focuses on sportsmanship. Each athlete competes through tournaments to test their skills. If their skills are top notch they could potentially earn a eSports scholarship for a team at one of the hundreds of universities that currently have collegiate teams.

Club members play on a competitive level against each other and other high schools. Games played include League of Legends, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. The club also hosts Tik-Tok contests and many other non-violate game gatherings.

Sign-up information and event schedules are available on the club's MSTeams.

Engineering Enrichment Field Trips

Overnight enrichment field trips are an intergral part of the engineering program. Students get to visit engineering companies and talk to real engineers.

Engineering Enrichment Trips will resume after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Booster Club

And there is something for the parents young engineers. The Mecha Makos Engineering and Robotics Booster Club(MMERBC) provides that valuable connection between the MAST Academy families. The Booster meet monthly with the students (via Zoom). This unique experience allows adults to mentor the students and form bonds that can last a lifetime.

The Booster Club supports the high school engineering program and the middle school technology program. Parents with students in the middle and high school are welcome to join. Your participation is the Mako advantage.