The Technical Truth
Welcome to The Technical Truth, Queens Technical High School's student newspaper.
Unfortunately because of COVID, in the 2020-2021 the Journalism class was cut, but the club lives on. Below you can see our first article that our members have been working hard on. Bringing you information about the current return to school! We hope you enjoy!
Students and Staff Return to Building with Mixed Emotions
by Melody Gonzalez and Robert Neagu
March 26, 2021
Six hundred and fifty four students opted to return to classes in Queens Technical High School on Monday, March 22 for the second round this school year, after over four months of remote learning. Eight hundred and eleven students remain learning remotely.
The school building will only be open to students Monday through Wednesday, and students will be organized into three groups. Group A, which are students whose last names end with the letters A-F will attend on Mondays. Group B whose last names fall in between letters G-O will attend on Tuesdays. Lastly Group C, last names between P-Z, will attend on Wednesdays. The remaining students who stay remotely will be categorized as Group D and will not have to go inside the building. Thursday and Friday all groups stay home.
Out of the 99 teachers the school employs, 65 will be returning to the building to teach live instruction. The other 35 will remain teaching remotely. Blended students who have staff teaching remotely will attend their classes in the cafeteria.
Returning to blended learning for shop teachers is proving challenging. The major concern for both teachers and students is how remote students will complete hands-on activities.
Mr. Raushan, a pre-engineering teacher, is currently experimenting with various routes through which remote students can still receive the experience of hands-on activities. According to Raushan, the current method he uses is a “virtual setting to apply theory applications in a virtual environment.” Being able to work with softwares that provides a similar experience to hands-on activities could keep remote students on level with class.
Another concern that shop teachers have for their remote students is how they will take their certification exams. These exams are not typical finals, rather they are given by a national or international administration, some of which even require hands-on testing. These certifications are crucial for students at Queens Tech since some are required in order to graduate with CTE endorsement or get a job right after high school.
With the return of blended learning, students who attend school will get an opportunity to take their exams, but how about for students who are remote?
According to Ms. Ramdeo, an assistant principal and pre-engineering teacher, to complete their certifications “students [who are] remote [will] get invited to do the hands-on activities [and] come on specific days.”
For example, the Pre-Engineering class has to take their Alternating Current certification. Students doing hybrid learning will complete the certification when they are in the building; remote students will come on scheduled Saturdays by appointment to take their examination.
Queens Tech has paired with the company Engineering Tomorrow, providing students with take-home materials to perform experiments and labs. In addition, Engineering Tomorrow provides live, informative sessions during class time. These sessions are either with college engineering students or a worker who has a job in the engineering field. Engineering Tomorrow offers lessons on anything from 3D printing to water treatment.
Justin Lagos, a senior, said, “I rather go into school, I can do nothing and pass my classes, but when I do nothing in remote I don't pass my classes.”
Junior Mike Tamayo felt differently, “I prefer remote learning since I get to be in my own environment and feel safe in my house.”