Middle School Industrial Technology
All of our students, from sixth grade through eighth, take Industrial Technology at TW Kelly Dirigo Middle School. At the Middle School level, students are exposed to many areas involving technology. For many students this is the first time that they he or she has ever used even basic hand tools. Students are given the opportunity to try many new things and gain confidence taking their first steps into what many of them consider to be the “grown up” world.
It was common place just a short time ago for children to work alongside their parents around the home doing basic home maintenance, cleanup and chores. Society seems to have changed enough so that this is far from “common place” today. Many children are not learning the most basic mechanical skills and common knowledge or (“common sense”) that many of us grew up learning at home.
Middle School Industrial Technology is an opportunity for students to regain some of this knowledge. Students are able to experience how science and mathematics relate to the “real world” as these two subjects are incorporated in every technology unit.
Some themes that are covered at the Middle School level are:
Basic hand tools and how to use them
Bicycle maintenance and repair
Compass, GPS and Maps
Area, volume, triangulation, using the Pythagorean Theorem and other basic math skills as they apply to our activities
Soldering copper pipe and methods of basic plumbing–