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On Tuesday September 24th students and staff visited Hillsgrove Machine for a tour of their facility. During the tour students were introduced to the different types of CNC milling and turning machines as well as tools and instruments used in the quality control and inspection process. Dan Hillsgrove walked the group through the steps in the CNC milling process, from setup and operation of the machines to the final inspection of finished parts and recycling of waste material  



MAY 17, 2013

Foundations of Technology update: 

Students in the Foundations of Technology class have begun exploring the steps of an engineering design process. Students were given a challenge of figuring a way to transport a balloon along a string and across the length of the classroom using only 12 inches of tape and parts they designed and created using Keycreator and the 3D Touch printer. The students came up with some interesting ideas as they (unknowingly) worked through a design process! Students are currently working through and documenting the steps of an engineering design process through the construction of a boom type crane built from wood materials. Students are identifying criteria and constraints, researching crane designs, creating a design of their own, and constructing a crane prototype that will be tested to see how much weight it is capable of supporting. After testing students will evaluate the success of their model and determine if there was any way they could improve on the design.

Students in the Foundations of Technology class have begun exploring the steps of an engineering design process. Students were given a challenge of figuring a way to transport a balloon along a string and across the length of the classroom using only 12 inches of tape and parts they designed and created using Keycreator and the 3D Touch printer. The students came up with some interesting ideas as they (unknowingly) worked through a design process! Students are currently working through and documenting the steps of an engineering design process through the construction of a boom type crane built from wood materials. Students are identifying criteria and constraints, researching crane designs, creating a design of their own, and constructing a crane prototype that will be tested to see how much weight it is capable of supporting. After testing students will evaluate the success of their model and determine if there was any way they could improve on the design.

June 3, 2013

ANALYTICAL READING AND EXPRESSION
BY Ginny Pinard

The students are working on editing their essays for final copies.   Some of them are creating PPT’s (Power Points) from their research for Mr. Brown. They are also attempting tie up loose ends on PLATO and VLACS in order to earn their on-line credits. 

We have been incorporating logic games and lateral thinking games to their daily schedule in order jump start their days to be more productive in the analytical reading aspect of their curriculum.


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April 1, 2013

ANALYTICAL READING AND EXPRESSION BY Ginny Pinard

The students have been working on their on-line classes with PLATO and VLACS.


The courses range from English 9, English 10, English 11, Spanish I, Physical Science, Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, Chemistry, World History, World Literature.


In addition to the on-line classes, the students continue to work on SAT vocabulary prep and current events.


During the month of  April,  several students will be creating a persuasive billboard for the futuristic creative inventions designed for Foundations.  In that way they will be merging assignments from their English on-line class and their STEM curriculum.



FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY BY Chris Brown

  Students are working on the wood dragster project. Using small blocks of wood students are creating drag racers that they will race against one another. Students are building their dragsters in the shop using wheels they designed using the KeyCreator CAD software and printed on the 3D Touch printer. Students will create force vector diagrams showing the forces that act on their dragsters. Students will also take time and distance measurements as their cars race down the track, and using this data will calculate the acceleration and velocity of their dragster. These calculations as well as the force vector diagrams reinforce ideas of force and linear motion we have been discussing in class. 
    Students will also be recreating the raising of an Egyptian Obelisk to explore the ways in which ancient civilizations were able to accomplish great feats of engineering even though they possessed limited technologies and did not necessarily have an understanding of the science behind the task. Students will create a scale model of the Egyptian Obelisk, a massive stone monument similar to the Washington Monument, and will model the raising of this structure using simple technologies that the ancient Egyptians had available. This project is part of the Technology Changes History unit in FOT.


January 7, 2013

 ANALYTICAL READING AND EXPRESSION BY Ginny Pinard
Mornings begin with current events from the Concord Monitor and/or Huffington Post.  Learning to express oneself with clarity and logic begins with round table discussion.  From these discussions the students will be assigned writing prompts that will encompass for a variety of purposes.
In addition to the current events, the students are working on their VLACS, PLATO, and STEM assignments. Compositions for all these will be evaluated according to State Standards for Language Arts for Reading and Writing. 

Some of the students are preparing for the SAT exam by taking sample exams and analyzing their errors. In addition, all students are required to complete interactive activities and quizzes on the class QUIA site. These activities are targeted for SAT vocabulary, literary terms, connotation, mastery of Microsoft Office Suite, review of basic and advanced grammar.

FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY BY Chris Brown

As part of the unit on Technology and History students are working on a multi-part project that has students researching and building a specific type of catapult. Students are researching the historical significance of their catapult including economic, environmental, cultural, political, and societal effects. Students will then use the KeyCreator CAD Software to create a CAD design for a catapult that they will then build in the shop. The finished catapults will then compete in a competition to see whose catapult is most accurate in launching a tennis ball at a target. Students will make measurements of distance and time for the launched tennis balls and use this information to investigate and analyze the Physics principles of projectile motion.




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