Learning Beyond the Classroom

Quincy High School has a wide variety of clubs, after-school events, and extra-curricular activities which can enhance learning, build leadership skills, and more.

Some activities pair students with community professionals so that students have a chance to learn real-world applications. Students design robots, create web sites, draw and write advertisements, research business plans, decorate cakes, and write computer code in local and national competitions. This is sports for the mind!

Read about some of the opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.

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QPS Robotics Team

One of the most successful robotics teams in New England, the QPS Team 69 HYPER (Helping Youth Pursue Engineering and Robotics) has won 7 regional competitions in the last 10 years.

In January of each year, students are given a challenge task and a box of parts. In just 6 weeks, students must design, test, and build a robot to complete that task - and beat the other team's robots!

The program is not only about building robots. FIRST robotics teaches teamwork, cooperation, and design process. Students work with professional engineers from various corporate sponsors learning real-world engineering and design process.

FIRST robotics can also pay off for college. Students who participate in FIRST Robotics are eligible for over $10M in college scholarships. College recruiters recognize and value FIRST robotic experience.

Want to learn more? Go to: https://hyperonline.org/ or e-mail [email protected]

Future Chefs

How do you turn your passion for cooking into a career? Future Chefs can help. Future Chefs is a professional development organization focusing on skill-building, scholarship, and training. Students get hands-on training and life-skills they need to succeed in a culinary career.

Future Chefs offers after-school programs, job shadowing, seminars, and cooking events. Advanced training at programs in Boston (and all over New England) are explored with students. Practical help such as writing essays for college and scholarship applications is provided. The support pays off: past participants from Quincy High School received scholarships to colleges.

Want to learn more? Visit www.FutureChefs.net or speak to an instructor in the Culinary Arts program.


Want to test your computer animation skills against other students? Do you build fine furniture that you are proud to show off? Does your web site use innovative technology to communicate? SkillsUSA will let you show off your skills and compete with other high school students. Following is a sampling of areas in which students can compete:

  • 3-D Visualization / Animation

  • Advertising Design

  • Computer Maintenance Tech

  • Computer Programming

  • Graphic Communications

  • Networking

  • Computer Applications

  • Web Design

  • Carpentry

  • Cabinet Making

  • Metal Fabrication

  • Broadcasting

SkillsUSA is a national organization of more than 300,000 students providing training, mentoring, job skills - and competitive fun! Students learn valuable skills, teamwork, and leadership. Students can compete for scholarships, earn certifications, and enhance their college or employment resume. Want to learn more about SkillsUSA? Visit their web site at: www.SkillsUSA.org or talk to a teacher in the Career & Technical Education Department.