by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
A few weeks ago, ten CCS high school students participated in ASCE’s 10th annual “Future Engineer’s Day”. This event highlights engineering as a career to local high school students in coordination with area engineers. A high-profile industry speaker delivered the keynote address to over 300 students during the lunch. The day’s events also included industry tours and a chance to meet with representatives from Oregon engineering colleges/universities. Students had the opportunity to choose to visit Garmin AT, Oregon Ballistic Laboratories, PGE Salem Smart Power Center, and Yamasa, among others. A couple of CCS parents who are part of the local engineering community also participated in the event.
I personally had the opportunity to lead a group to Biotronik in Lake Oswego, maker of devices designed to support heart health. After outfitting ourselves appropriately for the clean working environment, our group was given a tour of their massive testing and production facilities. I was impressed by their extensive processes to ensure the quality of their products. If 1 in 50 of my amazon packages has an issue, it’s not a big deal; I would just send it back for a refund. But if 1 in 50 implanted pacemakers has an issue, 1 in 50 people has a serious issue, as does the company. They choose to spend years of time and many resources to develop products with predictable performance and lifespans. More recent improvements include implanted devices that are MRI-safe, as well as tiny batteries capable of providing many 700-volt shocks over its 10-year lifespan. If only I could get one of those in my cell phone, I would only need to charge it once a year!
As eternal created beings by an Almighty God, our lives here on earth may be contextually short, but have much purpose. Instructions by Jesus in the New Testament are quite clear and simple: love God, love others, and share His love and help to train others toward good works. But before that, during the original creation of the world, God gave an instruction in Genesis 1 for mankind to subdue His creation and have dominion over it. Through the renewing of our minds, we have a purpose to demonstrate creativity and excellence as fathers, mothers, teachers, nurses, farmers, etc. Each day in the classrooms of CCS, teachers and students are striving to understand God’s creation and how to fully redeem it through the growth and application of their minds.
God certainly values redemption. He wants our own souls to be redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ. He also desires us to share God’s love with others as all of mankind needs redemption. One of the most effective ways to share God’s love is through the redemption of His creation. As students become masters of His creation, they can use the resources God provides to redeem both His creation and the valuable souls that are the pinnacle of His creation.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent