• Welcome to 7th & 8th Grade Technology & Engineering Education

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    Email:  john.krywcun@lcps.org 

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    Biography: Mr. Krywcun is excited to be part of Smart's Mill Middle School. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Buffalo State College with his certification in Technology Education. After spending several years in education and recently working as an engineer for 14 years, he is looking forward to an exciting 2023-2024 school year! This will be an even more exciting school year as we offer the new Technology of Robotics Designs VR software and upgraded robotics equipment. In Technology and Engineering Education, whether we are learning in-person or remotely, I am constantly looking for ways to find topics and projects that will interest ALL students! I hope you have a great year...

    7th Grade Technology:
    This program at Smart's Mill Middle School utilizes a modular laboratory that explores various facets of technology. Students work at their own pace to Research, Challenge and Apply themselves to various topics that can be found below. We are in the process of going to a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum that will further improve this course. The optional (Personalized Learning) workstations offered are: Drones, Flight Technology & Robotics. I have taught this class for many years and it is never the same twice and we are constantly finding ways to spark student interest in new technology. 


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    ...an example of using technology to display understanding! 

    Students in Technology Education will be exploring various areas of STEM all of which focus on the hands-on approach to learning...

    Above, you will find student testing of their "Lighter than Air" unit, Hot Air Balloons.


    8th Grade Technology of Robotic Design:  Students engage in the study of computers and microprocessors and their applications to manufacturing, transportation, and communication systems. Topics include computer equipment and operating systems, robotics, programming, control systems. And the social/cultural impact of these technologies. Problem-solving activities challenge students to design, program, and interface devices with computer systems. Learning activities include robotics, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing and design, and control of electromechanical devices. 
    Arduino                        Vex
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    Above, you will find students working with their VEX components to complete a "SquareBOT".



    8th Grade Technology (Manufacturing):
    This Technological & Manufacturing Systems Class is an elective that stresses problem-solving abilities and provides career awareness to students.  Our 8th grade program has a larger focus on project-based learning , with less time working in module workstations. Technology and Engineering Education overall utilizes STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math principles throughout the curriculum. Units of study that are part of this challenging curriculum are Engineering, Electronics, MagLev Transportation, Aerospace, Robotics, Manufacturing, Tiny House Architecture and 3D Printing and Design.
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    Computer Science:  Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics, such as logically ordering and analyzing data and creating solutions using a series of ordered steps (or algorithms), and dispositions, such as the ability to confidently deal with complexity and open-ended problems. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including math, science, and the humanities. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as between school and life outside of the classroom. To accomplish these goals, students will learn block-based programming as well as text-based programming. Such languages that will be explored are during this school year will be Scratch, Python, HTML, JavaScript and CSS.