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Marc Guthrie - Engineering

Welcome to Mr. Guthrie's Engineering Class Webpage
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. 
* 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.  
Thanks for visiting and feel free to contact me with any questions. 
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      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 23rd 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 a few years teaching 5th grade at Rockvale and then 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.  In 2012 I earned my Technology Education certification and now teach high school engineering at CMS and have been doing so for the past 6 years. While teaching at CMS, we have continued our strong robotics program (placing 2nd in the BEST World Championships) and have now moved to FIRST Robotics, the top tier program in the world. In our first year of competition in 2018, we qualified for the World Championships, but my class is not only about robotics. 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. Students are challenged 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. Most projects are group oriented and students are required to collaborate to solve the problem given to them. This class is project based and students are expected to participate in all activities. Opinions 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 as well as tomorrow.