Greetings Parents and/or Guardians,
Recently, A team from Minuteman visited and spoke to your 8th grade child’s class about the competitive advantage Minuteman can provide.
Many people in the community aren’t aware of everything Minuteman offers students. Students experiencing the 21st century version of Minuteman’s career and technical education can earn college credits, national industry certifications, paid internships, scholarships, and enjoy access to a wide variety of sports and clubs.
Minuteman helps students aspire to their full potential, accelerate their learning, and achieve a revolutionary competitive advantage to get ahead in their college and career plans. The synergy of academic knowledge and technical skills is single most important asset kids need to cope and compete in our increasingly complex world.
To explore if Minuteman is the right fit, we encourage students to visit Minuteman on Showcase Day November 15thfor a half-day field trip. By attending the trip, students explore our district’s other high school option, and explore the possible careers related to their interests.
Please complete the permission slip on the attached sheet and have your child return it to me by Wednesday November 9th.
I am proud to be the Minuteman Outreach Teacher to Florence Sawyer School and to represent Minuteman and I know our students will be well-served by the expert instructors at Minuteman High School if they choose to take that high school path.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com or phone at 978-779-2821 x 5065
Florence Sawyer School
8th grade class advisor
Minuteman Outreach Teacher
The areas of technology covered during 6th thru 8th grade include:
Robotics and automation
Microelectronics and digital circuits
Energy transfer - catapults
Construction technology – bridges and structures
Electricity and electronics
Hot Air balloons
Flight and rocketry
Classroom expectations and AssessmentAs technology education is very much a “hands-on” class, participation in class and effective use of classroom time is a must. Students will be assessed on the items they complete in the classroom setting. Specifically each project will have a set of design criteria that must be met and a final product to be produced. Often students will present their products orally to the class or compete in a race or other competition as a culminating activity. Assignment of homework will be limited to supplemental work or to work not completed during the allotted class time, as the majority of assignments require the equipment in the classroom for completion. The classroom is designed to optimize the use of cooperative learning groups. Students will be assessed on their ability to work cooperatively and effectively with many different team members. Students are encouraged to return to the TechEd room during their tutorial and enrichment periods or before or after school to make up any work they have missed as a result of absences.
The Technology/Engineering program is supported by Minuteman Regional Technical High School. Because of this connection, I have access to a wide array of experts in many areas of technology and an equally wide range of technology related equipment. I meet on a regular basis with other Minuteman teachers that are working on technology/engineering programs at middle schools throughout the area.