It is my belief that eduction should be exciting, entertaining, and challenging. I do my best to enhance my classes using auditory, visual, and kinesthetic(hand-on) experiences. Also, I structure my classes around an interdisciplinary approach that builds upon and reinforces content covered in several other classes such as Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics. For instance, students in my classes might have to calculate the horsepower of their CO2 dragsters, evaluate how friction and rotational inertia will affect a mousetrap car, or research and write a paper about a career that they are interested in.
The following are classes currently offered at Springfield High School. Click on the links for each class to see descriptions of each class.
*Tech Systems I
*Tech Systems II
*Elements Of Construction I
*Elements Of Construction II
*Energy Power and Transportation
*Technical Drawing I
Bridge Building Club, where students can get into groups and create bridges that are small and made out of small, thin wood. Some bridges get created for a competition. Students who have participated, some have actually won.
Soapbox Derby, students get together and have fun and create their own soapbox car from their own minds and design it as well, school appropriate of corse. The students also can participate in the races they have. Students have also won in these competitions as well.
The CO2 dragster project is an annual project where students get to use their creativity and skills to create a unique looking car that will compete against their classmates. Each year the top cars from each class face off in what is known as our Annual May Madness Dragster Tournament. The following is a video that was created to advertise the upcoming 2011 tournament.