Just one week before graduation, TMI’s Electronic Engineering students had a chance to show off their final projects. Their imaginations were the limit as they developed and refined their ideas, using either the Arduino programmable microcontroller or Raspberry Pi to bring their creations to life. Some were even able to make use of the school’s 3D printer to design and create parts for their projects. By the end of the semester, students rose to the challenge and demonstrated their work, which included an acoustic levitator; alarm system; automatic pet feeder; a twin-authentication security system; robotic arm; quadricopter; and music-coordinated, light-show system.
John Michael Lopez ’18 shows off his music-coordinated light-show system.
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In a first-of-its-kind, cross-curricular course, TMI math teachers Eric Drake and Travis Waddington are teaming up to teach a project-based, applied course incorporating math, science, art, and communication skills this fall. Students will use engineering and design to think outside the box and reinvent projects for real-world scenarios. While their technical writing and communication skills will be honed as they pitch projects to subject-matter experts, their problem-solving skills will be put to the test in an application environment. This new Innovation and Design class will give students an opportunity to expand their knowledge and surpass the limits of courses they’ve already mastered at TMI, while pursuing their own passions.
Mr. Travis Waddington (left) and LTC (Ret.) Eric Drake
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Acting as true Servant Leaders, the TMI Student Council led a powerful awareness rally in remembrance of the Columbine High School shooting 19 years ago today, to bring the community together to share the messages of unity and love.
Students challenged the community to ask themselves what they can do every day to make a difference; start change in the communities you are a part of, then we can change the world. Honor the lives lost to school violence by making a difference in the lives of others; welcome and make new friends, brighten someone’s day, and show kindness through your actions.
Using music, prayer, poetry, and sharing their own personal stories, students embraced and echoed the message and theme this school year that “We belong to each other” from Romans 12:5-6.
The final stretch of the school year has arrived and although students and faculty will be coming back rested from spring break, ready to run the last sprint to summer vacation, many know the feeling will be short lived. Without a doubt, students know the fourth quarter will quickly have them working tirelessly writing papers, studying for exams, and preparing to close out another school year.
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What do comfortable clothes, a computer, a long school break, and professional development have in common? Engaged teachers in the Digital Age. Over this past winter break, several TMI faculty members were able to participate in the annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (Ditch Summit), a nine-day virtual event held every December that brings together some of the brightest minds in education. This year’s Ditch Summit was hosted by Matt Miller, an educator, author, and Google-Certified innovator. He is a leading voice in the field of educational technology and eLearning.
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