STEM Opportunities


CyberPatriots teams are represented in all of Comal ISD Secondary campuses. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber EducationProgram created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. Students who are interested in participating in CyberPatriots should contact the campus CyberPatriot coach for a schedule and team registration.

CyberPatriot Camp

AFA Cyber Camps emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cyber security principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life. At Cyber Camp, students will learn the importance of cyber safety using the AFA Cyber Camp curriculum.  Students will learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats during this Comal ISD, AFA Cyber Camp.


FIRST Robotics

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The FIRST in Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports FIRST® Robotics teams and events across Texas. FIRST teams and competitions address the growing demands of the STEM workforce. FIRST Robotics teams are competing at CHS, MECHS and CLHS. Join a team today! In Robotics I, II at MECHS and CLHS, students will transfer academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment through implementation of the design process. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their designs. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the robotic and automation industry. Both, BEST Robotics and First Robotics encompass the design process, prototypes, simulation software, and professional expectations.


The SA BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition is a contest held annually to inspire and interest students in the fields of science and engineering. With guidance from adult mentors, local teams of students design and build a remote-controlled machine to accomplish a specific task. The students are given a box of raw materials from which to build the machine and 6 weeks to design and construct it. The task of the robot is kept secret until Kick-off Day, when all the teams are told what the robot is required to do.

On Competition Day, all schools will compete for head-on with each other in a thrilling science-fair-turned-sports-event. Several teams advance to the regional Texas Best competition and compete with the BEST robots from other areas. SA BEST teams are competing at CLHS and SVHS. Join a team today! In Robotics I, II at MECHS and CLHS, students will transfer academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment through implementation of the design process. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their designs. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the robotic and automation industry. Both, BEST Robotics and First Robotics encompasses the design process, prototypes, simulation software, and professional expectations.

Formula I in Schools

The Formula I in Schools program is currently offered at Canyon Lake High School. The F1 in Schools challenge is for students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars. Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. During the month of January, students compete with other FI schools at the Circuit of the Americas for an opportunity to go to Nationals.

UT Engineer Your World

The UT Engineer Your World curriculum is offered at Canyon Lake High School in course: PEIMS number 13037300 Engineering Design and Problem Solving. Students who have an interest in a Dual-enrollment engineering program through UT should select this course at Canyon Lake High School.

The Engineer Your World classroom is a place where students engage in authentic engineering practices in a problem-solving inquiry, project-based environment. Students complete a series of engaging and socially relevant design challenges that require purposeful application of relevant STEM concepts.

Students discover how engineering shapes their world by completing challenges that illustrate how engineers:

  • Create solutions for people
  • Use a creative design process
  • Make data-supported design decisions
  • Improve lives
  • Design the products of our everyday lives
  • Use computational thinking to develop solutions
  • Collaborate to solve complex challenge

Students develop engineering design skills and habits of mind. Engineer Your World uses a unique, multi-level engineering design process that is both accessible to high school students and authentic to the experience of professional engineers. Each challenge requires students to develop and practice the engineering skills and habits of mind that are central to the engineering profession and that distinguish it from other scientific and technical fields.

Students explore engineering fields and professions. Engineer Your World covers the breadth of engineering fields and professions so that students can make informed decisions about pursuing engineering. 

Fischer STEM Summer Camp - Canyon Lake High School

We bring STEM to life using real-world, emerging tech like drones, high-end virtual reality, 3-D printing pens and snap circuitry – NOT popsicle sticks or egg drops like some other camps. Your child will get extraordinary hands-on experiences with cutting-edge equipment, and exposure to the tech and STEM concepts actually used by professionals in science, technology, engineering and math. It’s incredible fun, combined with activities to keep your child’s brain growing and spark curiosity and interest for future academic and career paths in STEM.

It’s a week-long camp June 17-21 (Monday-Friday) for students entering 4th-9th grades, split into a morning session (8am – noon) or an afternoon session (1 – 5pm). Each day, students rotate between these activities:

Drone – Campers explore some of the latest tech advances with a high-end drone (Focus: Aerospace Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Technology)

Tenka: Circuit Cubes – Experiment with the power of electricity using circuit cubes! Campers will learn how to create electrical systems through designing and constructing circuits with cubes. (Focus: ElectricalEngineering)

pi-top CEED – Hands-on experience with computer hardware and software (Focus: Electrical/Mechanical Engineering)

Makey Makey – A favorite at all Flint STEM Camps! Create anything you want, however you want with Makey Makey’s invention Kit. (Focus: Inventing & Electrical Engineering)

3-D Printed Bridges – They compete to see who can build the strongest bridge with a handheld 3-D printer! (Focus: Civil Engineering/Technology)

Virtual Reality ­– Campers explore the new, and constantly improving, world of VR (Focus: New Technology)

Water Balloon Slingshot – The kids use science and technology to get the instructors soaking wet! (Focus: Physics/Technology)

Summer Snow – Students use science to create snow in the middle of summer! (Focus: Chemistry)

FlintBusters – Inspired by clips from movies or TV shows, campers will replicate scenarios to see if it's real or fake.

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TXFAME/AMT- A post-secondary opportunity

This program is in partnership with St Philips College and is a great program for students that are interested in engineering, robotics, maintenance in an industrial environment, etc. This would be a program that students would apply to after they graduate high school. It is really ideal for a student who is looking at an engineer path, but 5 years of college does not seem like a great idea for them. They would go to school 2-3 days a week and work for a sponsoring company 2-3 days a week. It’s a very hand on program as they would be earning an associate’s degree and getting work experience at the same time.


Here is a new training program, in partnership with the SANS Institute, designed to encourage young women to become involved in the field of cybersecurity. The partnership will focus on recruiting high school female students in Texas for GirlsGoCyberStart, a free online game for students to discover their talents in cybersecurity and learn more about computer security training.

Girls may play alone or in teams of up to four people. No prior experience with IT or security is needed. All girls in grades 9 to 12 are invited to play with prizes to be awarded in each grade group. Prizes include Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other technology related items including gift certificates. Additionally, each member of the top teams, nationally, will win an all-expense paid trip to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago.

Women are woefully underrepresented in the technical side of cybersecurity, but by opening CyberStart to tens of thousands of high school girls we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”

“The CyberStart program is an exciting opportunity for high school students to test their aptitude for cybersecurity in a fun and informative way,” said Texas Department of Information Resources Chief Information Security Officer Nancy Rainosek. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with the SANS Institute on this initiative. This is also a great opportunity for the schools as the three schools in Texas that have the most participants will win awards of $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500.”

Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) - Future Roadrunner

The Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) is an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program conducted at several college and university campuses in San Antonio, as well as, across the State of Texas and Nation.

Further information on the application may be found at: