Technical Arts

Technical Arts Faculty
Don Armitage
Scott Doehler
Mike Minckler
Harold Wardrop
Brent Lee

At Brentwood, the Technical Arts have found a place of increasing prominence as our students continue to leverage technology and challenge themselves in a variety of courses. Whether it is delving into engineering and design, learning to produce live theatre, competing in robotics, producing short films, or livestreaming school events, the Technical Arts offer students the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation at the School.

RoboticsYearbook
Media ProductionDesign and Engineering
Woodworking
Student in the robotics program

Throughout the year, Creative Science and Robotics encouraged me to think in terms of the design and engineering cycle. In addition to being a good break from academics, I really enjoyed being able to work with my hands in the construction of both robots and Creative Science projects. - Norman, J  '16

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Yearbook 10-12

This course is offered to students in the senior school who are interested in capturing and chronicling the year in pictures and in print. The main focus of the yearbook and news team is to photograph academics, sports, fine arts and social activities and write news stories about school events for the website. The team is also responsible for editing reports from teachers, coaches and instructors. Students meet with their instructor three times a week, but much of their work is performed outside of these meeting times. Students interested in this course must be able to work independently and be willing to cover assignments outside of regular class time. Experience with and access to a digital camera of six mega pixels or better is required.

Woodworking 9-12

Beginner Level/Intermediate level

During this course you will learn how to use the machine and hand tools to construct various wood projects. In term 1 and 2 you would work on assigned tasks and learn how to cut, create wood joints, sand and apply stains, waxes and other finishes to your projects. There is both a design and theory component to this course in addition to using the workshop. In term 3 you will design and work on your own personal wood project

Theatre Production 10-12

Students who are interested in supporting Brentwood's vibrant performing arts program should sign up for this course. Creative opportunities for students include stage management, lighting console operation, sound editing and design, projections, special effects and theatrical design. Students shall be responsible for technical support of all live productions in the T. Gil Bunch Theatre and throughout the campus. This course is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12 and Grade 9 with instructor's permission. Students who have completed this program have continued to such post-secondary programs as Masters in Theatre Design, Audio Engineering, Theatre Production and Design, Directing.

Design and Engineering 11/12

This hands-on, project-based exploratory course will appeal to students thinking about a career in science or engineering, and who enjoy working in a team environment. Successful participants will have the opportunity to work on a wide-range of projects of personal interest to them. The emphasis will be on larger-scale projects undertaken by design teams, preferably as solutions to real-world problems. Opportunities may exist to work with local experts such as tradespeople, industry, and engineers.

Many aspects of design will be considered, including a core of mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering. Examples of past projects have ranged from mechanical devices, such as personal hovercraft, catapults, potato cannons, and wind and wave power generation systems, to structural projects such as bridge and tower construction, to electric/electronic projects such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi controlled systems. Students interested in focusing on Robotics should consider the Competitive Robotics 12 course which specifically uses the VEX system.

Robotics 9-12

Using VEX Robotics technology, students in this course will consider the design, construction and programming of both actively controlled mobile robots, as well as autonomous machines incorporating sensor feedback systems. Students will work primarily in small design teams, with the ultimate goal of challenging each other, as well as teams from other schools and jurisdictions, in a variety of competitions and games. Students will be grouped and receive appropriate instruction according to their skill and experience level, which may range from those joining us for the first time with no experience to returning students ready to represent the school in regional, provincial, and international competitions. While no previous experience with the VEX system or programming skills are required, a high degree of internal motivation and good problem solving skills are essential, as is the ability to work effectively within a supportive team environment.

Media Production and Brentwood TV 9-12

The students involved in media production will focus on creating video projects that will showcase Brentwood and tell the school’s stories to our online community. Production teams will cover all areas of the school as they attempt to equally represent the areas of campus life, athletics, arts and academics. Carrying forward skills from previous courses, media production students will be well equipped to produce videos in a timely fashion. The teacher will coordinate the events and stories that will be covered by the productions teams. Youtube will be the primary method of delivery to the community. Videos will be released as required with a monthly review production of all events. Students will be grouped in teams and will work together to efficiently create video projects in a timely fashion.

Scott Doehler

B.Sc. (Hons) and B.Ed. (Queen’s University) Head of Science, Privett Assistant Houseparent

Born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, the son of two teachers, Mr. Doehler has, along with many fellow Canadians, opposed Earth’s rotation and slowly drifted west. After backpacking around the world for a year following university, Mr. Doehler enjoyed ten great years teaching junior high school in Edmonton and Calgary before shifting to ‘Island time’ and joining the Brentwood faculty. He brings to Brentwood an absolute passion for the rocks, raw power, and beauty of our planet, and champions courses in Earth Science and Geology, as well as leading an annual trip for the entire Grade 10 class to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. Outside of the wonderful whirlwind that is Brentwood, Mr. Doehler joins his wife Marianne – a fellow geologist - in passions for vocal music, snowboarding, and backcountry hiking. Summiting Kilimanjaro in Africa, and taking their 8-month-old son on his first month-long camping trip throughout Alaska and the Yukon exemplify the travel ‘bug’ that has so thoroughly bitten them both. Mr. and Mrs. Doehler have achieved parity in life living with three wonderful children, two dogs, two cats, and numerous adopted Privett children.

Harold Wardrop

Harold Wardrop

B.Sc. (UBC) Head of Mathematics. Mathematics, Robotics

Head of the Mathematics Department, Harold Wardrop is the product of a military upbringing. His childhood was divided between Ontario and Europe. He eventually settled in British Columbia where he earned a B.Sc. (Mathematics) at the University of British Columbia. At Simon Fraser University, he completed his professional teaching certification, a post-baccalaureate diploma in education, and met his lovely wife, Sharon. After eight years of teaching mathematics in Surrey, he joined the Brentwood faculty in 2002. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Wardrop has also developed and co-authored textbooks for Grades 10, 11, and 12, all of which are currently used across Western Canada and the Territories. In 2011 he received a National Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence. Integrating his enthusiasm for teaching with his inner geek, Mr. Wardrop started a Brentwood robotics program in 2012.  Although he claims he no longer needs friends, since he can build his own, he still very much enjoys many outdoor adventures accompanied by his wife and two children. His favourite number is three.

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