We can't thank the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) and its supporters enough! Your constant financial support of our Engineering program has given the students in Arlington opportunities that are unique to middle school students in this country! We are honored and humbled to continue to receive your support. The grant we were just awarded, " Navigating through the Communication Standards using Drones" will engage all learners, in real world challenges, while utilizing 21st Century Technology!
OMS Tech/Engineering Program Voted 2014 MassTEC Program of the Year!
Congratulations to Brandy Whitney, a recipient of the NSTA 2015 PASCO STEM educators award!
Congratulations to Gary Blanchette, Selected by MassTEC as the 2015 Technology Engineering Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Gary Blanchette, awarded by the ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) the 2016 National Teacher Excellence Award!
Here is the URL address to the "Your Arlington" press release regarding our award!
Read about our program in the "Arlington Advocate" and see our classroom in action!
“In Math, students solve problems! 2+2=4 or they have bigger problems. In our class (Engineering), our students problem solve. They attempt to make 2+2=5 every day and will persist until they achieve a unique solution to the problem.” – Gary Blanchette
Technology Engineering is NOT "Wood Shop" nor "Computers"! As stated by our state framework: Although the term technology is often used by itself to describe the educational application of computers in a classroom, computers and instructional tools that use computers are only a few of the many technological innovations in use today. The focus of this Technology/Engineering strand is on applied technologies such as engineering design, construction, and transportation, not on instructional technology such as computer applications for classrooms.
Technology Engineering works in conjunction with science to expand our capacity to understand the world. Science investigates the natural world. The goal of engineering is to solve practical problems through the development or use of technologies, based on the scientific knowledge gained through investigation.
The Relationships Among Science, Engineering, and Technology
Science seeks to understand the natural world, and often
needs new tools to help discover the answers.
Engineers use scientific discoveries to design products
and processes that meet society’s needs.
Technologies (products and processes) are the result of
engineered designs. Technicians to solve societal needs and wants create them.
The students will pursue engineering questions and technological solutions that emphasize research and problem solving. They identify and understand the five elements of a technology system (goal, inputs, processes, outputs, and feedback). They acquire basic safety skills in the use of hand tools, power tools, and machines. They explore engineering design; materials, tools, and machines; and communication, manufacturing, construction, and transportation technologies. Grades 6–8 students use knowledge acquired in their mathematics and science curricula to understand engineering. They achieve a more advanced level of skill in engineering design by learning to conceptualize a problem, design prototypes in three dimensions, and use hand and power tools to construct their prototypes, test their prototypes, and make modifications as necessary. The culmination of the engineering design experience is the development and delivery of an engineering presentation and a summary/evaluation showing the understanding of the science.