After earning a BS in Education (Industrial Arts) at Fitchburg State College in 1989, Gary has taught Technology Education/Engineering for the past 26 years. In 1998, he earned a Master’s of Education (Integrated Studies) from Cambridge College.
As a Technology Engineering teacher over the past 26 years, Gary has transformed multiple traditional Industrial Arts programs into 21st Century Engineering curriculums. MassTEC recognized his work in 2014 with the Program of the Year Award and he himself in 2015 with the MassTEC Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, he was recently recognized at the 2016 ITEEA conference in Washington DC with a National Teacher Excellence Award. This is the most prestigious award given to a Technology Engineering instructor.
He has used his background and passion in Technology Education to create engaging design challenges that utilize 21st century technology and eagerly looks for new challenges to continuously improve his students STEM experiences. His program is cutting edge and ever changing with the times.
You can browse Gary’s entire program by accessing his website at: www.ottosonmiddleschoolteched.weebly.com.
The Franklin Avenue Middle School STEM program was created to identify and explore the interconnected nature of science, engineering, math and technology to bring all students authentic experiences that lead to future careers. The integrated STEM program is providing Franklin Avenue Middle School students with opportunities to apply engineering and 21st century concepts and skills through collaborative, project-based learning experiences to enrich and extend the content of their core science courses. These experiences evolve in real time along with research and discoveries in the Sciences. The new curriculum was written by the STEM teacher, Eileen Antonison, and was designed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language arts, and Technology Standards. All students in grades 6-8 are engaged in inquiry, innovation, and interdiscplinary problem based units and leave the course with a better understanding of how problem solving, collaboration, and creative thinking can lead to exciting STEM careers.
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