Tippecanoe School Corporation

Tech Ed

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.

Staff

Blake Hurd

Blake Hurd - 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

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

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Pictures of Blake and his girlfriend

Kurt Williams

Kurt Williams
- 8th Grade Teacher

Justin Resler

Justin Resler - 8th Grade Teacher

7th Grade

Introduction

Gateway to Technology - Part 1

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

Documents

8th Grade

Introduction

Gateway to Technology - Part 2

Gateway to Technology - Part 2 is an engaging curriculum that focuses on technology and how to use it.

  • Researching Renewable Resources
  • Returning to Robotics
  • Mentioning Measurement
  • Simplifying Simple Machines pt 1
  • Continuing Computer Aided Design
  • Simplifying Simple Machines pt 2

Documents

Technology

Taz 6

Advanced Manufacturing

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.

NXT/EV3

Automation

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.

STEM Camp

Information

Who: Any student

What: TSC STEM Camp

When: TDB 2019

Where: Wea Ridge Middle School

Why: More than 80% of new jobs will require a STEM centered education. Now is the time to start learning STEM concepts to be prepared for future careers.


Activities:

  • Lego Robotics (Lego Mindstorm)
  • CAD & 3D Printing (Autodesk Inventor & Lulzbot Taz 6)
  • Animation (Autodesk Maya)

Cost:

  • TBD

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