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    Mr. Samuel D. Smail
     
    Technology Education
     
    "You must be able to think for yourself to succeed."
    ~ Samuel D. Smail
     
     
    I teach students on the 6 yellow, 7 orange, and 8 purple teams.  I also teach a high school class, "Tech Productions", for students in grades 9-12.
     

    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

    • Associate's Degree in Construction Technology from Penn Tech  
    • Bachelor's Degree in Technology Education from California University of PA

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Telephone: (724) 694-2780
     
    My preferred method of contact is by telephone. Please leave a message with the office secretaries and I will return your call.
     

    CLASS BACKGROUND:

    My classes are designed to be a hands-on learning environment.  Students will not take many paper quizzes or tests. Instead, students will use their own knowledge to design projects and build their own ideas.  The students learn how to use tools and equipment properly to complete in-class projects.  Students will learn transferrable skills to complete projects outside of the classroom environment.  The class is designed to make students think beyond what is right in front of them.
     

    PROJECTS:

    6th Grade:

    • Intro to technology education
    • Safety with basic tools
    • Problem-solving skills and projects
    • Measurement
    • Wood-working projects

    7th Grade:

    • Measurement
    • Tool usage and safety
    • Problem-solving project: "Toothpick Towers"
    • Wood-working project : "Basketball Shoot-out"
    • Auto CADD (Computer Aided Drafting Design)

    8th Grade:

    • Measurement
    • Tool usage and safety
    • Problem-solving project: "Rat Trap Car"
    • Auto CADD (Computer Aided Drafting Design)

    Tech Production (HS only):

    • Tool usage and safety
    • Wood-working projects
    • Project design and production
Last Modified on January 13, 2016