Applied Science and Technology: “Phoenix Rising or Groundhog Day”

Students in Mr. Barger's Tech Lab. class investigate the connections between science, math, and technology.
C. Perez
Students in Mr. Barger’s Tech Lab. class investigate the connections between science, math, and technology.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.21.49 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.20.04 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.21.22 PM “It can best be described as a phoenix rising from the ashes of the previous rotation or Bill Murray’s ‘ Groundhog Day’ movie,” stated Mr. Dan Barger, BYMS technology teacher.”  ” Applied Science and Technology, known on campus as  “Tech Lab”, is a computer based activity class in which  students work in activities that last nine days and at the end of nine days they move to a new rotation.

“Applied science is an area that applies existing scientific knowledge to develop more practical applications.” reported Mr. Barger, “Bernardo Yorba Middle School  is lucky to offer their students an Applied Science and Technology Lab,” he addded.

                Mr. Dan Barger  has been working within the district for 20 years, teaching  7th and 8th grade science for most of his 20 years.  Three years ago he took over the Applied Science and Technology Lab. “I believe that this class is the best way to learn math, science and thinking skills in an environment that encourages independence, creativity and the ability to work through problems,” added Barger.  It also offers a whole lot of fun.”

                Applied Science and Technology is a new exciting opportunity for students.  The focus of the class is the use of technology through practical application in all subjects.  “Learning is enhanced through the use of technology, tools, techniques and skills with various materials such as textiles, food, wood and metals.” Mr. Barger stated.  “The program is designed with a series of hands-on research driven modules in science, math, and technology.  Applied technology promotes students’ thinking, knowing, investigating and communicating.”

                “In Bernardo’s Applied Science and Tech Lab each rotation is worth 420 points.  Points are given for attendance, participation, and tests.  The most common cause of a low grade is not paying attention to the lesson because they want to hurry and start the activities.” stated Mr. Barger.  Olivia Sage a student in the elective states. ”I enjoy the class very much.”