Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 8/31/2018 6:00:00 AM


Hello- I am Jon Taylor and I teach the Engineering and Architecture classes.

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1. It's an elective. 

2. If it's not fun, tell me and we can work out a better experience. 

3. Safety First. It's a hands on course- yes, you will need to move around and use your hands and brain at the same time.

4. 9 weeks= 9 choices of projects in 9 different areas of engineering technologies/themes: ArduinoPiMakerbotCADLaserFlightHand ToolTinkerMentor- 9 projects times 5 points= 45 project points Project grades will be shown with a rubric in OneNote.

5. 9 weeks= 9 choices of Procedural Knowledge Opportunities- 9 times 5 points= 45 Procedural Knowledge points.

6. Grades are negotiable. Sometimes we will need to include your parents with grade decisions.

7. This class is set up like a Maker Space. Take lots of pictures and videos of your progress with your phone. These will be used to create an Instructable. Yes, you will document failures and achievements. Our makerspace will have computers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, MakerBots, Laser cutter, hand tools, CAD, and some power tools.

8. To make progress on projects- Move from what you already know in order to learn new things so you can understand what you are trying to build in a project. Do not give up on something because it is hard. I will not support that!!

9. You need to be a part of our supportive environment- Negativity affects creativity. Some projects are individual, others are collaborative. 

10. There is some lecture in this course- I stress the one on one conversations because our projects can evolve into intense problem solving opportunities. Frustration is a normal part of the engineering process. Thankfully, we have the internet with you tube if we are having trouble with a particular engineering problem. USE YOUR RESOURCES! Click here for Our Website

I am eagerly anticipating working with you to open up your potential to think and act like an engineer! Stay tuned to this blog AND to our OneNote, which is new for this year. Please check out my twitter feed for more picts and videos of our classes- 

- J.T.