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Marc Guthrie - Engineering

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mr. Guthrie will be out of the classroom from Nov. 18 - Jan. 3. If you have questions or concerns about your child's grades, please be assured that all work will be graded and recorded as soon as possible. I expect to have all assignments scored and grades entered before we leave for the Christmas Holiday. If you have a concern about an assignment, please contact me after Dec. 16. 
Welcome to Mr. Guthrie's Engineering Class 
     As we enter the 2022-23 school year, I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with students at Central Magnet School. I look forward to challenging students to think outside the box. It is my goal to help students become problem solvers in all aspects of their lives, not just in my classroom. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please contact me at [email protected].
Classes taught:
STEM 1 - Robotics
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. 
* 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 27th year teaching in Rutherford County. I began my career at Rockvale Elementary teaching 7th grade Science, Reading,  and Geography. I have taught at Blackman Elementary and McFadden School Of Excellence before moving here when Central Magnet was created in 2010. 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 problems 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. I enjoy teaching engineering and look forward to bringing challenges to the students of Central Magnet. If you should need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to do so at [email protected]

        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, student centered 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.