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2019, Bigelow Middle School, Engineering Technology Department


Not sure what all this is about?

You've come to the right place.  I hope the following descriptions and explanations help you have a better understanding of Engineering Technology Education.  Simply click on a common question below and an explanation will follow.  If you don't see the question you have here, feel free to contact me with any questions.  I will try to respond as soon as possible.  Thanks for your interest in the program.

Sincerely,     Mike Whitman













How often does my son / daughter have this class?
In grade 6 the students will come to Engineering Tech. every day unless they need to see a specialist for any reason.  In grades 7 and 8 the students will come to Engineering Tech. for 4 days out of the 6 day rotating schedule.  This adds up to about 32 meeting times for the 6th grade and about 24 meeting times for grades 7 and 8.

How long does one term last?
One term lasts about 9 weeks

Will my child be taking this course all three years?
Yes, all kids will be taking Engineering Tech. for one term each year.

What is the FAA department?
The FAA department is the Fine and Applied Arts department to include: Engineering Technology, Health and Wellness, Music, and Art.

What is the FAA rotation?
Students will rotate through all four FAA subject areas in the following order.  Engineering Technology, Health and Wellness, Music, and Art.  Students will go to Engineering Technology from Art.

Can my son / daughter do any extra credit?
Yes, there are many extra credit activities for all three grade levels.  Go to the Extra Credit section and select the appropriate grade level.

Can I download any curriculum from my home computer?
Yes, most of the curriculum is available for download.  Go to the Homework section and select the appropriate grade level.

Can I come in and see some activities in action?
Absolutely!  Parents and guardians are more than welcome to stop in and see their son/daughter in action.  It is recommended that you call first to avoid coming on a day that we are taking a quiz or a test.  Visit the Contact Info section to get in touch with me.

Do you offer any extra curricular activities for kids?
Yes, I am currently running two after school clubs through Triple - E.  I am also offering an "Engineering TechElect" elective during the school day.  

Can I make an equipment donation to your program?
Yes, we always accept equipment donations as long as the equipment is fairly current. I usually do not take any equipment older that what we have now.  Contact me with any ideas.

Where can I purchase the software you use in class?
There are links to many vendors listed on the Curriculum pages for each grade level.  If you do not see the vendor listed there, check out the Teacher Resources page. If you still do not see what you want, contact me and I will be glad to assist you.

Do you welcome guest speakers in your classes?
Absolutely!  Actually, soon I will be looking for women engineers to volunteer to speak to a small group of seventh grade girls about what they do at their jobs.  I'll keep you posted.  Contact me if you have any suggestions or contacts.

Thank you for your interest in the program.
If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to CONTACT me.

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