All three TTA American Government classes were honored to have a real-life civics lesson on October 30. Federal Court Judge Jack Zouhary spoke to the students about the federal court system, and he hit a home run with all of them. Perhaps Judge Zouhary missed his calling. He could also have been a great teacher. The kids loved his easy-going style and down-to-earth presentation.
Our government students have been studying the judicial system, starting with the lower federal district courts and ending with SCOTUS. Judge Zouhary really brought it home when he reaffirmed everything they have been taught. It's one thing to hear it from the teacher or to read it in a textbook, but Judge Zouhary shared his knowledge of the court system by quizzing the students as he made his presentation. Thankfully, they were able to show-off their acquired knowledge, and that impressed him.
He allowed time for students to ask questions, and they came through with a myriad of great queries, which he thoughtfully and graciously answered. The hour flew by, and students wished it could have been longer. On a side note, Judge Zouhary is a DeVilbiss alumnus, and he thoroughly enjoyed a tour of his old Alma Mater after the presentation.
The culmination of TTA's First Week is the traditional Robot Wars. Student teams built robots to competed in a "Duck Pond." The object was to design a robot that could move "rubber duckies" to three different staging areas and score points. The winner: Team 45. This is just another example of the ingenuity, creativity, and technical know-how that our students apply to projects. Kudos to all teams that competed in this exciting event.
First Week is unique to TTA. Students do not attend regular classes. Instead, they are teamed-up to challenge each other with a variety of activities and projects. This year, they designed and constructed models of tiny houses, after the HGTV Show. They did an egg drop - engineering a way to drop an egg from the second floor to the first with their team leader under the mesh-covered platform. They also had to walk through the "Mine Field" blindfolded - a room with dozens of mouse traps on the floor and only one of the team members to guide them ... in the dark. They made banners, web pages, of course designed a robot, and so many more challenging things.
This is team-building at its finest, and it requires ingenuity, creativity, and technical skills - from all grade levels (7 - 12).
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Anton Hubbard has joined the TTA staff teaching physical education. A University of Toledo alum, Anton comes to TTA from Harvard. He's no stanger to TTA; he substituted several times in the building over the years. He fills the void created by the passing of Jay Libertino this past summer. Welcome to Toledo Technology Academy.