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Technology and Engineering Department
"STEM Education at its Best!"


Jason Palo - - Website
Scott Stoltzfus - - Website

"This is the best class of the day"
- 6th grade student

"I love this class"
- 7th grade student
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- Patton middle school parent

6th Grade

3D Design and Robotic Engineering

This course is a great way to be introduced to Technology Education where students will use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) to communicate and solve problems. Through various activities each student will get the opportunity to explore technology, its effects, abilities and future possibilities. Areas of focus will be Robotics, Graphic Design, and Computer Aided Drafting Design and use of our 3D printer.

Syllabus / Standards

7th grade

Intro to Wood Manufacturing Technologies‎

In this half-marking period class, students will be given an introduction to various methods for processing wood. Students will have the opportunity to design and build a custom-made project using several hand and power tools. Students may include pegs, a mirror, a clock, or possible combinations of these three as part of their project. The safe and appropriate use of tools and machines will be a top priority of course. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) are the foundation of all Technology Education courses.

Syllabus / Standards


8th grade

Inquiry and Design Engineering‎

In this course students will learn the content, processes, and skills needed in various developmental activities, which relate to “real world” applications. They will apply these skills and other techniques to design, build, and test their ideas while learning to problem solve along the way. Typical activities include design engineering (mousetrap cars), structural engineering (bridge building), photography (Photoshop), and flight exploration. The use of computer applications, power tools, and hand tools are all components of this course. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) are the foundation of all Technology Education courses.

Syllabus / Standards


Wood Manufacturing Technologies

Students who choose to take this course will build upon the skills learned in the 7th grade introductory class. They will further their knowledge of wood manufacturing through the use of hand and power tools. Individual projects will be constructed to master the techniques involved in specific aspects of joinery and assembly. Planning, material estimates, and safety will also be key components of this class. This course is independent in nature, which requires a great deal of skill and problem solving abilities. The teacher will give general instructions, and the students must apply that knowledge to their specific project. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) are the foundation of all Technology Education courses. There is a materials fee of $20.00.

Prerequisites: Final A average in 7th grade Tech Ed and/or Tech Ed teacher approval




News & Accomplishments

PENNDOT Visits Patton

Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation took the time to share their experience and expertise with the students in Mr. Palo's Technology & Engineering class last Thursday. Civil Engineer/Project Manager Leanne Fullard and Civil Engineer/Bridge Inspector Kevin Sutow shared information about the bridges in our area and information about what it is like to be a civil engineer. One of the key topics of discussion was the "Pocopson Bridge" replacement project at the intersection of route 926 & Pocopson road which will effect these students and 13,000 citizens daily. The information and time that they shared is greatly appreciated by the students.

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It is our philosophy to provide students with a holistic approach to learning by providing opportunities to apply numerous academic concepts through practical, hands-on activities, which involves the engineering design process, effectively engages students and promotes a complete understanding of the interrelationship between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) in order to prepare them for the 21st century.


Program Goals

A list of the goals for the program and a description of how each is met in the various courses.

The goals of our Technology Education program are:

  1. Prepare our students for the 21-century.
    We do this through the various different S.T.E.M. based activities which include Robotics, Design engineering, Structural engineering, Graphic Design, Photography, Flight, Measurement, Materials manufacturing in our wood lab, the engineering design process, including the use of our 3-D printer, CNC router, and CNC engraver.
  2. To get students interested / excited about Technology & Engineering Education.
    We accomplish this goal by giving our students a wide variety of first hand experiences with some of the latest technology in our field (CNC routers, CNC engravers, 3D Printing, CAD, Photoshop, Robotics, and more). Many of which continue to take Technology Education courses at the high school level.
  3. To help our students become problem solvers.
    We do this through teaching them the engineering design process. By designing, building, testing, and problem solving they learn what active members of our society do.
  4. To teach our students the importance of measurement.
    We conquer this goal by teaching measurement in our 6th grade design unit and continuing to use measurement in all of our activities 6 through 8th grade.
  5. To teach our students how to use tools safely and appropriately.
    We achieve this goal by teaching about tools and safety from 6th through 8th grades in every activity; from using a hot glue gun to using a band saw.
  6. To teach our students how to design in various ways.
    We complete this goal starting in our 6th grade design unit and build upon it each year in our other courses; through drafting with tools, computer aided drafting to sketching by hand.
  7. To teach our students to think in innovative / creative ways.
    We obtain this goal through the design of our activities. All of our activities allow our student to solve problems or create their project in the their own way, for there are many ways to accomplish a goal.
  8. To teach our students that little things do matter.
    So often our students these days just want to do it, build it or just expect it to work. Our program teaches our students that it won’t work unless they pay attention to the details. From programming robots to building a proto-type their final outcome is dependent upon the details.
  9. To teach our students about the impacts and affects of new technologies
    Ensuring that we have the latest technologies allows us opportunities to teach the affects that these technologies can have on an industry and society.
  10. To support core subject areas.
    As you can see from our list of standards that we cover, we incorporate a great deal of “core” subject area content to allow our students to see the connection of Technology Education and their overall education.

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