Mohawk High School Students Combine Instruction with Real World Applications

Construction Math Class At Work!

Mohawk High School students are thriving in the construction math class taught by Mr. Andy Rice. Construction Math combines fun, industry-required math lessons with supplemental academic and career guidance. Students are learning math through the lens of construction. Algebraic equations such as figuring out the slope of a roof or making sure a foundation is square suddenly makes sense – especially when you’re building the roof or pouring a foundation. As long as students can demonstrate proficiency in both the construction standards and the math standards, they will earn a math credit and a CTE (Career Technology Education) credit.

The pictures above show students doing the math prior to building the retaining wall around the new water meter box for the new elementary school. Soon, the construction math students will be doing the math for building a shed from scratch. The Mohawk Construction program of study is preparing students for entry level jobs in the construction field. We have several industry partners who are very interested in our program.

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Carl Sagan once said, “We can do science, and with it we can improve our lives.” Middle School Students at Mohawk Middle and Senior High Schools are learning and using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as a tool to solve problems and create solutions to problems. Our new STEM teacher, Mr. Dustin DeGeorge has teamed up with Mr. Rice to provide students with a very interactive, hands on curriculum that requires deep thinking skills, communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively to find solutions. The students will work in Mr. DeGeorges STEM room (computers and gadgets) and sometimes build in Mr. Rices Construction room. This is a fun way to learn science, technology, engineering and math.

Ms. Renee Klein, Robotics teacher, has started a very popular class at Mohawk Middle/Senior High School. This is another fine example of STEM in action. We have over 60 students who are taking robotics and/or programming/gaming right now. Students have to read very complicated directions and work together collaboratively as they build and program their robot to perform a wide variety of tasks.

The students have recently built two pits for competitions! Mohawk Middle/Senior High School will host a robotics tournament at Mohawk MIddle/Senior High School on Saturday, January 21st. We are expecting 10 other teams to compete. Last year our robotics team placed 4th in state competition and last year was Mohawk’s first year in the robotics competition.

At the completion of this school year, we expect many students to have up to 5 completed CTE (Career Technical Education) credits.

Programs Of Study In 2017-18

Mohawk Middle/Senior High School already has 4 CTE programs of study (Agriculture, Health Career Pathways, Construction and Engineering). Next year we are planning to add a fifth CTE program of study – Computer Science. A CTE program of study must have 3 courses in sequence to be approved. For example, our Construction program of study has Construction Math, Construction I, Construction 2 and soon Construction 3. We also have an articulated agreement with Lane Community College for students to earn college credit with 2 of the 4 construction classes. The computer science program of study will consist of at least one course in Computer Science with other courses in Robotics, solid works, gaming/programming and engineering. Students use computers to code programs for their own games while others students use solid works to design a part (could be a robotics part) that can be printed on a 3-D printer!