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Marc Guthrie - Engineering

Welcome to Mr. Guthrie's Engineering Class 
As we enter the 2020-21 school year, the challenges that we will face are unlike any that I have seen in my 25 years in education. That is not to say that it isn't anything that we cannot handle and I am prepared to face these challenges head on and make this school year a memorable one regardless if we are in person, online, or a mixture of both. I look forward to new experiences with the students and utulizing the many  learning platforms we have available to us. It is my goal to help students become problem solvers in all aspects of their lives, including the challenges we are facing this school year. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please contact me at guthriem@rcschools.net.
Classes taught:
Middle School Engineering - Introduction to Engineering
Engineering 2 - Engineering Design 1
Engineering 4 - Engineering Practicum
Please take a moment to look around my web page and see what is happening in our classes. I will be posting my lesson titles on the Weekly Lesson plans page located on the right and more detailed assignments on the Microsoft Teams pages set up for each class. 
Take a look at the Power Points for Orientation and First Day (on the right side of this page) and let me know if you have any questions
* The Weekly Lessons Page will give you an idea of what we are studying in class this week. 
* The Engineering Club web page will let you know about additional opportunities outside of class. These activities will begin after Fall Break.
* A full year syllabus and other documents that students will use regularly are located on the Class Files - Frequently Used Documents page. 
Thanks for visiting and feel free to contact me with any questions. 
      I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995 with a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and later earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. This is my 26th year teaching in Rutherford County. I began my career at Rockvale Elementary teaching 7th grade Science and Geography. While at Rockvale I coached wrestling, baseball and golf. I spent 3 years teaching 5th grade at Rockvale as well as Blackman Elementary. I left Blackman after 2 years and moved to McFadden School of Excellence where I taught 7th and 8th grade science and coached Boys/Girls soccer and Science Olympiad. McFadden is the school where Rutherford County's first robotics team was started. We participated in BEST Robotics and quickly became a team known across the southeast for our innovation and design while winning local, regional, and national contests. When Central Magnet was created, I moved here with the opening of the building and have been here from the beginning in 2010.  While teaching at CMS, we continued our strong robotics program (placing 2nd in the BEST World Championships) and have now moved to FIRST Robotics, the top tier robotics program in the world. In my classes, we explore a variety of areas in the engineering fields and exploring solutions to multiple types of problems.
     My focus is to prepare our students to become problem solvers whether they enter engineering fields or other areas of industry and business. Someone who can think analytically and evaluate solutions from multiple perspectives is much more vauable to our society than those who rely on others to think for them. I let students freely explore solutions and let failure become a part of that learning experience. Fail Forward is a phrase that we use in our class and I want students to take chances to make their own learning experience more meaningful.  I enjoy teaching engineering at the number one school in Tennessee and look forward to bringing more challenges to the students of Central Magnet. If you should need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to do so at guthriem@rcschools.net

        In my class, I encourage students to look at the problems presented to them and make their solutions/decisions based on what they can interpret from the information given. I have done my best to make my classes Problem Based and not Project Based. There is a difference and when we start solving problems and stop making projects, then we are better prepared for the future that our students will face. Students are encouraged to look beyond the classroom doors, the conventional answers and methods, and investigate the solutions from all perspectives. I look at this class as an extraordinary opportunity to discuss the future, it's opportunities, and look for a better understanding of the world around us. Students are expected to do their best while maintaining a professional atmosphere that encourages learning. I employ a hands-on, self paced learning environment that puts a lot of emphasis on student driven learning. I believe in learning by doing and want my students to challenge themselves in the effort they put forth to become lifelong learners as well as problem solvers. Most tasks are group oriented and students are required to collaborate to solve the problem given to them. Students are expected to participate in all activities and work with their group. Insight, empathy, and new ideas are welcomed and appreciated. As we go through the year, it is my goal that students will leave my class prepared to solve the problems of today and be better prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.