Technology and Engineering

The Technology and Engineering Booster Club supports several groups at Mira Costa High School: Cybersecurity, Solar Boat, Robotics and The Hack Club. These programs all offer students the opportunity to learn more about specific areas of interest where they have the opportunity to explore STEM careers.


Today, and in the future, the demand for Cybersecurity skills is increasing as attacks on governments, citizens and businesses proliferate in our hyper-connected world.

CyberPatriot is a National Youth Cyber Defense program that works to educate and inspire youth about Cybersecurity. The Mira Costa Cybersecurity Club participates in this program and related competitions. During the off-season, club participants aim to educate and promote Cybersecurity and technology.

The Cybersecurity Club at Mira Costa was founded in 2015 with the help of students Ved Pandey and Dave Jha, and advisors Ms. Weaver, Ms. Dale, and Ms. Padveen. The Club became a school-connected organization in 2017 and is a student-run organization that receives training and guidance from advisors and mentors.

In the 2015 year, Mira Costa had two CyberPatriot teams each with 4-5 members that competed in the Open Service Division, and ranked in the top half of the Gold Tier.  By 2016 competition year, Mira Costa had eight teams; 1 team in the Platinum Tier, 2 teams in the Gold Tier, and 4 teams in the Silver Tier. 1 Silver Team competed at the final Regionals round.

Mira Costa Cybersecurity continues to grow its success. Competing with more and more teams in more and more competitions and ranking higher and higher!  Now, members participate in CyberPatriot, CyberStart America, National Cyber League, Lockheed Martin’s CyberQuest and more.

Teams have ranked:
  • CyberPatriot – Platinum, Gold and Silver
  • Lockheed Martin Cyberquest – 1st in the US Virtual Site Competition – 2021
  • National Cyber Scholarship Competition – 2 students named Scholars; each Scholar received a $2,500 scholarship – 2021
  • CCIC – California Cyber Innovation Challenge – Qualifiers
  • California’s Mayors Cup, 2nd and 5th place finishes 2019. and 1st – 2020
  • GirlsGoCyberstart – 2nd most girls in California, qualified for National Championships – 2019
Robotics Club
The MCHS Robotics Club works as a team to design, build, program and drive robots for the VEX Robotics Competition. Robots are built using VEX products, programmed in RobotC, and driven in local and state competitions throughout the year.  Team members also participate in many outreaches such as Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair and TedX. Mustang Mechanics mentors the MBMS team & teaches a VEX IQ class for elementary schoolers.


The Hack Club
Formed in 2021, the Mira Costa Hack Club is led by students that aim to teach high schoolers technology with a hands-on, project-based learning approach. The Mira Costa Hack Club encourages self-teaching of new technologies and self-directed projects. Ultimately club members learn leadership, computer and problem solving skills. All levels are welcome, however, most of our workshops are tailored towards beginner and intermediate levels.


We’re almost complete in our preparation for our qualification flights for ARC! We are nearing completion of STRATA 2 which has many notable upgrades over STRATA 1. STRATA 2 t is far more accurate and rigid in its design and utilizes a different guiding system that will result in more…
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We received both Excellence award and Tournament Finalist at Mt. SAC regional competition. This qualified us for States where we competed last weekend and received Sportsmanship award!


The Cybersecurity Club just competed in picoCTF, a cybersecurity competition hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, structured around a capture-the-flag framework. We were challenged to engage in tasks that involved reverse engineering, cryptography, AI, web exploitation, and forensics to solve problems and capture ‘flags’. We are also competing in the USCC…
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Four Costa Cybersecurity students receive recognition!

Four students received recognition for competing in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition. Two students, Rena Parikh and Charles Hiatt were named Finalists. Audrey Lee and Emily Doami were both named Scholars and each received a $2500 scholarship to a U.S. college of their choice. Congrats to all four students!

Cybersecurity Club team takes 1st place in competition!

Two Cybersecurity Club teams, Raw Sugar and Team 6one , competed last weekend in the Lockheed Martin Cyberquest 2021 competition. Team 6one (Audrey Lee, Ben Hacohen, Dylan Iskandar, Darren Ng, Isamar Zhu) took 1st place in the U.S. Virtual Site competition. Raw Sugar…(tbd)

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