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Scott D. Currie: design with purpose

Year: 2019 — Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipient

Scott D. Currie

Technological design, grades 9 to 12
Jean Augustine Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario

"Before enrolling in [Mr. Currie's] class, I never truly understood the impact that an educator can have on a student and their character. Regardless of his endless commitments, Mr. Currie has proven that his priority lies in student success and well-being."
— Student

Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of design, Scott Currie seeks to bring value and meaning back into student work. He discovers each student's interests and encourages them to follow them through design. Likewise, he is pursuing a master's degree in health sciences, focused on EHealth and Additive Health Applications.

Teaching approach

Scott views technology literacy and numeracy as foundational, while focusing on authentic and performance-based assessments to help students develop inquiry skills. He instils the idea of failing forward to get students to see mistakes as opportunities and a necessary part of learning.

STEM in the classroom

  • Challenges students to consider the possibilities of technology to create products that appeal to consumers: they use the design-thinking process to plan and build, for example, an interactive toy, having applied critical thinking skills to turn their original ideas into something with impact.
  • Fosters innovation and creativity by giving students choice in their projects and outputs: students fully plan and execute projects that have meaning for them, such as brand development, designing an architectural space, and redesigning a book or album cover.
  • Develops partnership with community groups to build real-world context for students: for example, students redesigned the kitchen for the local food bank, created a taco holder for the school's catering program.

Outstanding achievements

  • Opened three brand new schools for the board, delivering state-of-the-art facilities and 21st century learning environments, and launching a robotics team.
  • Developed a 3D design lab at current school that rivals the best post-secondary and industry facilities in the country; as the only technology teacher, set up the technology department, including developing courses in design, graphics, manufacturing, robotics, architecture and 3D modelling.
  • Started, with a group of students, The Colectve, a design organization through which students take on projects for individuals and organizations beyond the school; students are treated as professionals and accepted for their high level of thinking and skills.

Get in touch!

Jean Augustine
Secondary School
500 Elbern Markell Drive
Brampton ON L6X 5L3

905-796-4562
http://schools.peelschools.org/sec/jeanaugustine/Pages/default.aspx

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