Middlesex High School Technology Education Program awarded hydroponics grant
Johann Odom, the Middlesex High School technology education teacher, has written a grant proposal that was awarded the National Gardening Association Hooked on Hydroponics Award for the 2008-09 school year.
The school will be provided with a free hydroponics system used to enhance the agriculture and biotechnology components of the Technology Foundation’s course of instruction. The hydroponics system will also be used to support the development of plants developed for the technology education and the environmental science programs.
The MHS Technology Education Program started this school year by offering a course in “technology foundations.” The course being instructed by Odom, is focused on students acquiring a foundation in technological material, energy and information, and applying processes associated with the technological thinker. Challenged by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related activities, students create new ideas and innovations, build systems, and analyze technological products to learn further how and why technology works. They work in groups and individually to build and control systems using engineering design in the development of a technology.
The Technology Education Program’s student organization is the Technology Student Association, which most recently held a chili cook-off contest at the high school. The chili cook-off was won by a student team called “The Spice Boys.” The Spice Boys members were Scott Payne and Matthew Duke.