Tech Department of Year
Thanks to CNYTEA (Central New York Technology Education Association) , Auburn High School received the award of Technology Program of the Year. Bill Gilmore from Auburn High also was voted Technology Teacher of the year as well.
Highlights of the Auburn High School Technology program include:
Over 400 students grades 9-12 enrolled in technology courses on a yearly basis.
- Courses offer science, math, art, and college credits.
- VEX Robotics program, receiving high honors in 2012 for Excellence in design, First Place in the Syracuse regionals competition, VEX Robotics Teacher of the Year Award, as well as a trip to California to compete with teams from all over the world.
- A very successful Electrathon Race Team. A program that promotes high school students building, testing and racing electric cars. Competing against over 20 local school districts, Auburn has been fortunate enough to place first in each of its competition over the past six years.
- Participation in designing and building theatrical sets each year for Auburn High's yearly musicals.
- Design, fabrication, and competing of an all electric (street legal) motorcycle sport bike. High speed motorcycle with integrated charging system and 50 mile range.
- Traditional technology courses blended with Project Lead the Way engineering courses designed to give students the opportunity to gain a well-rounded technology education.
- Clubs including Robotics, Technology, and Electrathon Race Team. Students build robots, compete at electrathon race events, and build custom technology projects year-round.
- More than 15 courses for students to choose from, including a 16 college credit sequence at RIT in pre-engineering.
- Extra-curricular projects such as a full-size trebuchet, motorcycle and snowmobile restorations, and woodworking/construction projects.
Bill Gilmore has taught at Auburn High for the past seven years. In 2012 he was awarded the VEX Robotics Teacher of the Year Award for his help in creating, gaining funding, and supporting an award winning robotics in less than one month. Along with his colleagues he was awarded the 2012 Kiwanis Outstanding Service to Youth award for supporting opportunities for students to excel academically, technologically, and socially. Currently he is a member of PEB (Professionals for Education and Business), an organization which helps to create and support communication with local business and students. He continues to stay active in the field, recently presenting at a NYSTEA Conference and serving as the Curriculum Facilitator for the department.