Practical Arts-Technology Education

Technology Education- Class Information

What is Technology Education?:

Technology Education along with Consumer Education are considered the “Practical Arts” and all Milford Middle School Students participate in each of these programs for approximately 30 days each of their 6th, 7th and 8th grade years.

What is Technology Education? The discipline devoted to the study of technology, providing an opportunity for students to learn about the processes and knowledge related to technology that are needed to solve problems and extend human capabilities.

Rational for Technology Education: It prepares individuals to participate and adapt to a changing society. For this reason, Technology Education must be included as an integral part of the general education of every student in New Hampshire. To develop into a technologically literate individual, every student should experience a wide variety of technological activities with real world contexts and become exposed to the widest possible range of technological careers.

Technology Education will contribute to the development of all students by:

A. Providing opportunities to develop safe and appropriate skills and awareness in a wide range of traditional and contemporary technologies.

B. Providing opportunities to develop, control, and maintain a variety of technological systems such as medical, agricultural, biological, energy and power, information and communication, transportation, manufacturing and construction.

C. Preparing students to recognize, use and prepare technical information to solve problems related to a variety of technological systems.

D. Encouraging those habits of mind necessary to a lifelong learner such as the ability to question, investigate, experiment, and evaluate.

E. Developing an appreciation for the relationship between technology and other disciplines.

F. Developing an understanding of the relationships between technology, individuals, and society.

G. Providing an introduction to technology and its impact on society and the environment.

Class Guidelines:

The purpose of the following class guidelines are to allow for a safe and productive learning experience, but are also designed to better prepare students for the demands that will be asked of them in the future.

The guiding theme for the class is RESPECT.  Students are asked to respect 3 things:

*EQUIPMENT:Students will be using tools and computers that can easily be damaged or hurt them  if they are not careful.

*STUDENTS:  Students need to develop the skill of working with others.

*TEACHER:  In order insure a safe, positive learning experience for all.

*Students have 4 minutes to get to class.  If they have a pass, there is no problem.  More than 2 times being late without a pass will result in detention.

*Students are only allowed to use the pass to leave class once during their time in Tech. Ed. except for emergencies.

*Students are expected to attend class, as almost all work takes place in the classroom.

*Students must come prepared with a pencil each day for class.

*It is the responsibility of the student to ask for makeup work if they are absent.

*Extra credit is available to all students.

*If a student tries they will succeed.  If they are having trouble they should see the teacher for extra help.

6th Grade:


The 6th grade program focuses on problem solving activities that encourage creativity, following directions and working with others.

6th Grade Activities  

– Learn what measuring is, and learn to read a ruler to 1/16”, as well as in millimeters.

– Learn just what technology is and how it impacts our lives.

– A number of in class problem solving activities, working in small groups.

– Using the K’Nex building system to design and construct a structure while maintaining a budget.

– Work in small groups using the game Cargo Bridge to put their engineering know how to use designing bridges

7th Grade


In the 7th grade program students build CO2 powered cars out of basswood.  Students examine what goes into designing a car, and act as engineers to develop sketches then working their way up to a final drawing.   They will then be introduced to power tools by using the drill press to drill axle holes, and cut part of the shape of the car on the band saw.  They will test their cars aerodynamic characteristics using a wind tunnel. They will then file it, sand it, paint it, then race it.  Finally, students must explain how to determine how many miles per hour their car went.

8th Grade


MANUFACTURING: (10 days) Students will learn what manufacturing is then as a class, plan, set up and run a manufacturing line in which the class will produce a  clock for each student.

TECHNOLOGY  MODULES:  (14 days)  Students are placed into small groups and spend 2 days on each module.   Activities May Change.

Careers: Students will examine 5 Careers, Figure how much it will cost to live a certain lifestyle , and find out about employment.

Computer Aided Drafting:  Students will examine some CAD drawings, and create a design to be printed on the 3D printer..

3D Printing: Students will learn about 3D printing and it’s impacts on our world.  They will also print an object using a 3d printer.

Electronics: Students will understand how simple circuits work while experimenting with various electronic components

Graphic Design:  Students design a catalog advertisement for their clocks

Robotics:  Students manipulate an industrial robotic arm.

Milford’s Industrial Past & Present  Students learn how industry has helped shape the town of Milford.

Technology Education- Mr Steve Erdody

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Email:  Mr. Erdody – Tech Ed

About Mr. Erdody   The oldest of 5 boys, he grew up attending Milford schools, graduating from Milford in 1982, and  lives in Milford.   He earned a degree in Industrial Arts from Keene State,  as well as Masters degree in Industrial Education from Ball State in Muncie, IN.  He has been teaching at MMS since 1990.  Along with teaching he has coached 42 seasons of baseball, basketball and softball in the district.  His wife Cheryl teaches 6th grade math at MMS and his brother Chris teaches 7th grade English at MMS.  He has 3 children who attend or have attended Milford schools.  Hobbies include, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, hunting/fishing, coaching.