A Great Start To The School Year

The Advanced Technologies Academy students are finishing the third week of college classes at the time of this writing. This school year brings many new changes with face coverings, social distancing, and hybrid courses just to name a few. The students have been handling these changes very maturely. The opening of school has gone smoothlyContinue reading “A Great Start To The School Year”

An Amazing New Opportunity

There is a new program that will be piloted for Advanced Technologies Academy students enrolled in the CTS-115 Information Systems and Business Concepts this year. What does this mean for students?  Students will be taking a class that gives them college credit in addition to taking a nationally recognized certificate program created by Google. The GoogleContinue reading “An Amazing New Opportunity”

Rocky in Space 3 Online Premiere

After 9 months and hundreds of hours of production, Rocky in Space 3: A Glimpse of Hope is finally here! This is the third film in the Rocky in Space trilogy! On Friday, May 15, 2020, Garrett Lawrence, Max McMahan and Megan Conley premiered their short-film live on Google Meet to an extremely excited audience.Continue reading “Rocky in Space 3 Online Premiere”

Class of 2020 Drive-Thru

On May 11, 2020, Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy hosted a Class of 2020 Drive-Thru Event. During the event, CASA Seniors were able to drop off their college textbooks, receive their caps and gowns, their yearbooks, and school spirit yard signs. From 10am to noon, seniors drove onto campus with big smiles and horns blowing. TheyContinue reading “Class of 2020 Drive-Thru”

Working From Home, Graphic Design Tools

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the DME-115 Graphic Design Tools students and I began working from home. The conversion to an Online class has provided many challenges and technical difficulties. Each challenge we have had was definitely a learning opportunity for us. But, I don’t want to focus on that right now. I want toContinue reading “Working From Home, Graphic Design Tools”

Working From Home, Digital Animation

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the DME-130 Digital Animation students and I began working from home. The conversion to an Online class has provided many challenges and technical difficulties. Each challenge we have had was definitely a learning opportunity for us. But, I don’t want to focus on that right now. I want to highlightContinue reading “Working From Home, Digital Animation”

Teaching Animation To 2nd Grade

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, several Advanced Technologies Academy students traveled to Hudson Elementary School to teach animation to the 2nd grade. Our students had a full day of teaching three classes from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The goal was to teach the 2nd grade the basics of animation. The method of instruction was to showContinue reading “Teaching Animation To 2nd Grade”

Adobe Illustrator Snail Project

One of the first Adobe Illustrator projects is the Snail Project. It is one of my favorite projects because the students begin with a tutorial on how to draw a snail in Adobe Illustrator. Then, the students add their own personality to the snail. These were completed by the freshman class in the DME-110 IntroductionContinue reading “Adobe Illustrator Snail Project”

SkillsUSA Leadership Meeting and Cookout

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy’s SkillsUSA members had a leadership meeting and cookout after school. Rachael Robinson, a former CASA student and currently a SkillsUSA employee, led the team-building activities. She did an excellent job and the students really enjoyed it. Lots of yelling and laughter could be heard comingContinue reading “SkillsUSA Leadership Meeting and Cookout”

SkillsUSA Regional Rally 2020

On Monday, February 24, 2020 several Advanced Technologies Academy students participated in the SkillsUSA Regional Rally. The rally was held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. There were 565 students present competing in 91 different competitions. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.  SkillsUSA improvesContinue reading “SkillsUSA Regional Rally 2020”