Templeton Middle School was presented with the Program Excellence Award by the International Technology & Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA) at its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. Templeton was one of only 29 programs worldwide to earn the prestigious award.
The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering programs serving students in grades K-12. Presentation of the award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession and students, was given at the largest technology and engineering education conference in the world. Templeton applied engineering and technology teacher Shannon Flaherty received award plaques and pins at the first general session of the conference.
Templeton transformed its technology and engineering program in 2006-07, taking it from traditional industrial arts to a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based curriculum. The program has seen an increase in course offerings, elective enrollments and female student enrollment.
All seventh grade students are required to take “Gateway to Technology and Engineering” which focuses on technology and the design and modeling process. Eighth-graders may choose “Technology and Engineering Education” which introduces students to material properties, structures, computer-aided 3D design, digital electronics, energy transfer, wood and plastic fabrication and automation. Both classes follow the Project Lead the Way curriculum to integrate increasingly high levels of math, science and writing.
Flaherty said he is proud that Templeton has significantly increased the rigor of the program while attracting more students. Enrollment in the eighth grade elective course increased from 43 students in 2006 to more than 100 students last year.
Templeton was chosen the Middle School Program of the Year in 2012 by the Wisconsin Technology Education Association outstanding service and commitment to technology education.
William Bertrand, ITEEA president, and Shannon Flaherty, Templeton teacher