Creating the Future...Challenging the Impossible
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Dr. Martin Cwiakala
Welcome to Dr. Cwiakala's
My name is Martin Cwiakala (pronounced: ‘Sha-kola’) and I earned my undergraduate and Doctoral degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. My professional experience includes work as a machine designer, project engineer, engineering manager, software designer, and consultant. I have taught “Computer Aided Design” at Rutgers University and coauthored the textbook, “Introduction to Programming for Engineers.” In 2002 I made a career change to teach at W. J. Keenan High School in Columbia, SC. There I coached the award winning Robo-Raiders, Keenan’s FIRST Robotics team. In 2012, I transferred to the “Center for Advanced Technical Studies” in the Lexington Richland 5 District, where I currently teach. Without a doubt teaching high school teaching has been the best part of my engineering career.
This year we will be trying something new with Aerospace Engineering (AE) and Engineering Design and Development (EDD). These two class will be combined to last a full year. This approach will allow for students to enter competitions such as The Real World Design Challenge and the SC Region II Science Fair. It will also provide more time for students to access experts outside of the classroom which is a requirement for EDD.
During the first semester I will be teaching Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) on A-days. Second Semester will be Principles of Engineering (POE) also on A-days. Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Design and Development will be on both A and B-days. I look forward to teaching these exciting PLTW classes!
Form more information about PLTW class see http://www.pltw.org/
This year we will be using My.PLTW.org for all students to access the PLTW curriculum. Edmodo will be used for students to turn in assignments. Edmodo supports e-mail/text messaging alerts. Parents can also sign up to received alerts.
Emergency LESSON PLANS
Article: http://www.feynmanonline.com/ then click under LIFE & SCIENCE and then read the article “Biography” near the top of the listings.
- Below is a link for the "Article Summary form" Complete one form for the biography.
- Select another article from the website that is at least 1000 words and Complete a 2nd Article Summary Questions sheet.
Article Summary Form (docx file - 34 KB)
Used with the EMERGENCY lesson plans
Telepresence Ferris Wheel Handout (pdf file - 377 KB)
Presented at the 2015 SC Share Fair on 3/7/15 at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC
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