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?
I am a 2006 Purdue University Graduate in Technology Education, and currently split my day between McCutcheon High School and Wea Ridge Middle School.
Our world is constantly changing and every day new technology is impacting the way we live our lives. It is my goal to help students realize that engineering and technology is a part of every aspect of their daily life, and they can play a part in shaping what the world looks like in the future.
I have a love for technology and sharing my knowledge with students to help them explore potential career paths upon their completion of high school.
Gateway to Technology - Part 1 is a critical thinking curriculum that focuses on engineering and creative problem solving.
- Intro to Engineering
- English and Metric Measurement
- The Design Process
- Technical Sketching
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Advanced Manufacturing (3D Printing)
- Prototyping & Safety
- Automation (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!
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.
What is coding club?
Coding Club is an extracurricular activity that takes place after school in the Fall and Spring. Students from Purdue University's computer science department meet with our students on a weekly basis.
The goal of Coding Club is to give young students an entry point to computer science & programming.
What does it cost?
Coding Club is FREE! The only requirement is that transportation is provided at the specified time.
What should I bring?
Your Chromebook, a willingness to learn, and a smile!
I'm in! How do I join?
Just show up!
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I have more questions...:
Email Blake Hurd @ firstname.lastname@example.org