• Billy Farr

    Department: Technology
    Email: william.farr@valleycentralschools.org
    Voicemail: 457-2400, ext. 19155

    Office Hours: Available by appointment Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 AM



    7th Grade Technology
    In 7th grade Technology we utilize a 21st century classroom learning atmosphere where students navigate and learn through modules and I assist in their learning by directing hands-on activites.  Modeules learning is essentially taking a technology textbook and dividing 15 different chapters up around the room and students have a 15 class day period where they learn the information in a given module and complete daily quizzes, a writing activity halfway through the module to assess their knowledge, hands-on activities to supplement the learning material every day, and a summative writing assignment at the end of the module.  A list of the modules is as follows:
    Audio communications, CAD (computer-aided drafting), Computer graphics and animation, Digital Music, Energy and Power, Environment and Ecology, Flight technology, Forensic science, Information technology, Material processing, Mechanisms, Robotics, Structural Engineering, Video Production, and Virtual Architecture.
    Students spend 2/3 of the year working with module technology, and the other 1/3 of the year in Tech 3 in the woods lab gaining experience and learning how to safely operate tools and machines such as a drill press, jig saw, band saw, palm sanders, and files in order to make a light weight and aerodynamic CO2 car that utilizes Newton's 3 Laws of Motion.  Students also gain experience in measuring with and reading a ruler, generating brainstorming sketches, full scale drawings, and CAD drawings using a program called Google SketchUp which will create a 3D generated model of the design of the student's CO2 car before they start constructing it.  This is the traditional "shop" or "industrial arts" portion of the program.
    STEAM Program Advisor:
    Currently in the Valley Central School District i am the advisor for the STEAM Program.  The Program travels to each elementary school in the district and works with 4th graders working with flight principles, and 5th graders working with robotics.  In the 4th grade program, students learn about the 4 principles of flight and how achieve transportation through the air.  Hands-on projects include a paper-based hovercraft, paper airplanes and paper helicopters, straw rockets, and the 3-week program culminates in a hydroblaster rocket.  The 5th grade program focuses on robotics, and works with creating and programming LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits as well as programming a small sized Scribbler S3 robot.  Students learn and understand what a robot is and what a robot can be programmed and utilized to do.
    Technology Education Links:
    "Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM"