Career Technology Education - Engineering
Room: CTE CC-15
2nd Period (8:50-9:35)
As Requested. Please arrange with Mr. Peña
Welcome to CTE Engineering. My name is Roel Peña and I am currently teaching all the sections of Engineering for the CTE Center. My Bachelor's is in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. I retired early from work in the aerospace defense field. I received my Master's in Education from the University of Texas at Arlington, and taught Middle School Science for four years.
As the students explore Engineering this year, they will find it can be an engaging and rewarding career. The CTE Engineering Department, in coordination with the CTE Director, Mark McClure, has planned several projects that will challenge students as they work in teams. Good math skills figure heavily in obtaining any Engineering Degree. We will review and use mathematics as we explore the work Engineers do. We will build up confidence in each student so they know they can succeed in math with good study habits and perseverance. Since higher math courses such as Calculus are often the introductory math course in most colleges for Engineering, I recommend that students exploring Engineering in high school consider taking as many math courses as they can, although it is not required.
In addition, the Technology Student Association has a branch that will be supported by CTE Engineering: Robotics. Our goal is to enter a team into a VEX Robotics competition in the Spring. Interested students should be enrolled in Engineering and have completed the first year Principles course or have had experience in robotics. We will be learning RobotC, a subset of the C Programming language, in order to program the VEX Cortex microprocessors. Elaborate obstacle courses with retrieval or 'move and stack' tasks are typical at the competition rallies. More information can be obtained by contacting Mr. Peña.
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