Engineering and Technology Education is all about redesigning the classroom to create an engaging environment that tackles real world problems such as: Computer Aided Drafting, Advanced Manufacturing, Automation, Programming, and Positive Environmental Impact. Wea Ridge Middle School follows the Project Lead the Way curriculum.
I graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with a degree in Engineering and Technology Teacher Education.
I am dedicated to ensuring that Engineering and Technology classes at Wea Ridge Middle School are fun, creative, and engaging. This is accomplished by:
- Having a friendly personality
- Maintaining a professional classroom setting
- Implementing thought provoking assignments
- Engaging in project based learning
Looking for the robotics team or interested in furthering your engineering experiences?
Welcome to our 8th grade Gateway to Engineering community!
It is my honor to guide each student to understand beginning engineering concepts, develop critical thinking skills, and to experience collaboration.
Previously, I taught 7th grade science for the Design & Technology Academy in San Antonio, TX. My background includes recruiting and placing scientists in jobs for pharmaceutical and food companies. I have also been a certified personal trainer since 2007. My husband is a professor at Purdue and we have 3 children experiencing education at TSC. I am passionate about encouraging the love for learning within each student.
Gateway to Technology - Part 1 is a critical thinking curriculum that focuses on engineering and creative problem solutions.
- Exploring Engineering
- Mastering Measurement
- Discovering the Design Process
- Stepping into Sketching
- Conquering Computer Aided Design
- Analyzing Advanced Manufacturing (3D printing)
- Practicing Prototyping
- Rationalizing Robotics
Who: Subaru of Indiana Automotive donated a grant to Wea Ridge Middle School to purchase two 3D printers.
What: The 3D printers that were purchased are the Lulzbot Taz 6. Our classes use PLA material.
When: The grant was received in December and assembled in February of 2017.
Where: The 3D printers can be found in the engineering and technology workroom.
Why: Autodesk Inventor, a computer aided design (CAD) software, is used in the Project Lead the Way curriculum. While Inventor is a powerful learning tool, many students find themselves overwhelmed with the assignments and lose interest. The printers were purchased to encourage students to continue learning CAD and eventually print their very own product!
Note: Not everyone can afford to pay an extra fee on top of school fees, therefore, the WRMS engineering and technology department is committed to making this learning experience FREE. We raise money by making products from the 3D printers and selling them. All proceeds made from this go towards purchasing more filament and keeping the program free to all. For more information, see "Support Us" at the bottom of this page.
Who: The Wea Ridge Middle School engineering and technology department received grants from Wabash National and Lowe's to purchase EV3 robots.
What: Lego Mindstorm NXT and EV3 robots are beginner level robots designed for students 6 - 12. Their simple building and programming make a streamlined experience for fun and learning!
When: The EV3's were received in May of 2017.
Where: The EV3 and NXT robots can be found in the engineering and technology workroom.
Why: In a rapidly growing industrial economy, gone are the days of manual labor and in are the days of automation. Students will learn about why and how automation is important as well as gain strong theoretical thinking, using the Lego Mindstorms, to be successful in this ever-changing industrial workforce.
The engineering and technology department at Wea Ridge Middle School is determined to keep 3D printing free to all students. The only way that this is possible is by your financial support!
We sell various 3D printed products from our 3D printers to help fund raise. Please see the purchase forms below if you wish to make a purchase.