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.
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
This course is offered to students in grades 10-12 who are interested in capturing and chronicling a Brentwood school year in pictures and print. The Yearbook and Website News team photographs academics, sports, fine arts and other school activities and writes news stories about school events for the website. Students meet with their instructor three times a week, and some of their work is performed outside of these meeting times. Students interested in this course must be able to work independently to deadlines and be willing to cover assignments outside of regular class time. Experience with an SLR digital camera is an asset.
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
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.
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.
Brentwood Broadcast 10-12
Students will be a part of a broadcast team that will document, through video, podcasting and livestreaming, the many activities that take place in the Brentwood community. Several different roles will be available, including but not limited to camera operator, editor, livestream producer, host, reporter, and announcer. Students will work with the instructor and the marketing department to schedule coverage of events throughout the school year. Students will need to demonstrate excellent time management skills and will be required to complete assignments outside of class time. A computer (preferably Mac) will be required; video equipment will be provided by the school.
Technical Director, Theatre
Don has been working professionally in the performing arts for over 25 years. Currently an instructor and technical director at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, Don has been safely instructing and facilitating young people's involvement in the performing arts for over fifteen years. As a performer, producer, stage manager, sound and recording engineer, lighting designer and technical director, he has worked with such acts as The Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, Colin James and with such productions as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Hair", "Les Miserables", "Phantom of the Opera", "Wizard of Oz", and "Beauty and the Beast".
B.Sc. (Hons) and B.Ed. (Queen’s University) Head of Science
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 has an absolute passion for the rocks, raw power, and beauty of our planet, and champions courses in Earth Science and Geology. When not in one of the science labs, Mr. Doehler can be found in the cavernous Robotics room in the Centre for Arts and Humanaities, exploring mechanics and programming with a dedicated fleet of student roboticists. 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 now live off campus with three wonderful children, one dog, two cats, three rats, though they can count numerous adopted sons still on campus from their five years as Assistant Houseparents in Privett House.
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.