ET Booth piloted a Technology and Engineering STEM Course in the 2018 fall semester. The class, which extended for two quarters, 18 weeks, was created to offer 8th grade students the opportunity to study a wide range of Pathways offered at Etowah High School. Mrs. Deneka, ET Booth Technology teacher; Mr. Grummer, EHS Architecture teacher; Mike Vacca, EHS Computer Science teacher; Marc Giuliano, EHS Automotive teacher; and Linda Yunker, EHS Audio/Video Technology & Film teacher; collaborated to create the course curriculum and coordinated to arrange cross campus field trips and info sessions. The goal of this vertical planning between the middle and high school is to provide students interested in pursuing one of these CTAE Pathways, with a deeper understanding of the subject matter and the opportunities that exist at Etowah High School for End of Pathway Industry Recognized Certification.
Students began the course learning about video production. Corey McCartney, from Fox Sports and Gerald Griffith, owner of VoiceOver City, were guest speakers that discussed their roles and experiences in the field. Two EHS student interns, John Bahamonde and Caitlin Radtke, visited the Booth campus to talk about their experience in the AVTF program. Mrs. Yunker was a guest speaker and introduced the storyboarding and script writing processes to the STEM class. Ultimately, students used iPads and video cameras provided through the Department of Education and ESE Networks grant, to create Public Service Announcements. The group visited the EHS video facility and met with the High School students to view several of their completed projects and learn about future opportunities within the field. Mrs. Yunker stated, “With the foundation Ms. Deneka teaches her STEM students, they will come in to Etowah at a more advanced starting point in the Audio/Video program. I will be able take it to the next level with this group of students.”
Next, students were introduced to the Architecture and Engineering unit through a Skype session with Mr. Grummer’s class. Students learned how to draw a scaled floorplan and utilized Google SketchUp to design a 3D model of a Tiny House and presented their designs to the class. Mr. Grummer’s students educated the Booth students on the Architecture and Engineering programs offered at EHS when they visited the lab in October. In the engineering unit, students worked through the engineering design process, to design and 3D print mini cars with working wheels and axles. Mr. Grummer said, “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Ms. Deneka and E.T. Booth Middle School. This partnership has allowed her students to experience an in-depth analysis of Etowah High School’s CTAE Career Pathways. After participating in the Engineering Technology STEM course, Ms. Deneka’s students will be able to make an informed decision regarding his/her Career Pathway when enrolling next year! We look forward to continuing this partnership in the future!”
During the programming unit students built and programmed a Lego robot to complete a series of tasks in the Hurricane Relief challenge. Students used block programming to learn about setting parameters including distance, time, speed, angles, and input sensors. Etowah Computer Science students hosted the Booth students on December 7th to participate in an Hour of Code activity exploring EarSketch – a Georgia Tech program used to create music.
The final unit of study was Automotive Technology and Electricity. Students learned about four-stroke engines and used tool kits that were purchased from the Trade5 grant to disassemble and assemble Honda engines that were borrowed from Etowah High School. Nick Rosalen, an Etowah Video student, created a How-to video for students to follow for the disassembly. Students visited the Automotive Shop and Mr. Giuliano and his students provided a tour and explained the courses and projects completed in each course level. They also presented future career and education opportunities within the field of automotive technology. Students explored how electricity works and connected and analyzed electrical circuits using Snap Circuits.
Gracye Lamb, an ET Booth 8th grader, said, “The class was very enjoyable. I loved all the units and going over to Etowah to talk to the high school teachers. I would definitely suggest upcoming 8th graders to take it. This has most certainly been my favorite connections class since I’ve been at Booth.”