Welcome to Mr. Finch's Webpage
    Name: Mr. Chad Finch
    Email Address: CHAD.FINCH@MATSUK12.US
    Phone number: (907) 352-0434

    Welcome!  Thank you for visiting my webpage.  On this page you can find out a little bit about me, find course information and syllabi, and find fun pictures of engineering, robotics, 3D modeling & digital electronics students at work.
    I was born and raised in Glennallen, Alaska and enjoyed growing up in the great outdoors.  After graduating from Glennallen High School, I headed to college in Texas to study Mechanical Engineering and play basketball and baseball.  While I enjoyed engineering, I felt the calling to become a teacher.
    I obtained my degree in Mathematics Education after transferring to a college more known for its teaching program, Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Then I returned to Alaska and got hired at CTHS to teach mathematics and now engineering!  What fun!
    On the family front my wife Shelby and I just had our first child, a baby girl named Harper RaeAnn.  It has been a great adventure!  Shelby is a computer programmer, and I teach engineering/robotics/3D modeling/electronics; Harper might be destined for a profession in science and technology :)
    My engineering classes are filled with fun hands on projects that follow the engineering design process.  Robotics, bridges, mousetrap cars, solar powered cars, wind powered turbines, rockets, drones, snap circuits, soldering, and programming are just a few of the things we get to work on.
    In the 3D Solid Modeling/Printing classes students are learning both SolidWorks and Autodesk Fusion 360 modeling programs.  Throughout the year we use our two Tevo Tornados, our CR-10S, our 3 CR-10S Pros, our 3 CR-10 Maxes, and our Makerbot Replicator 3D printers extensively as we create and print our designs.  At the end of the 1st year students take the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam and the Autodesk Fusion 360 certification test.  2nd year students will be able to take the Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) exam and higher level Fusion 360 certificates.  We also dabble in other modeling software like TinkerCAD and OnShape, and work with different slicing software like Prusa and Cura.
    Robotics and Digital Electronics are fairly new classes here at CTHS.  The robotics classes will be working with Sphero Spark+, MakeBlock Ultimate 2.0, and Actobotics/GoBilda FTC robots.  Students will have the opportunity to join an after school club and compete in FTC robotics competitions.  The Digital Electronics class will be working on independent projects like building an old school computer from donated electronics and a new high speed computer to aid in our 3D modeling.
    Feel free to stop by school, contact me by phone, or send me an email if you have any questions.  Have a great year!  
    Link to FTC Robotics Website:  FTC Robotics Website
    Period Class
    Intro to Engineering
    2 Robotics
    3 Principles of Engineering
    4 3D Solid Modeling
    5 Intro to Engineering
    6 Robotics

    Digital Electronics is offered during all periods and is independent study.

    Chad, Shelby, and Harper RaeAnn

    Mr. Chad Finch

    We will be using Google Classroom throughout the school year, and it will be used extensively if we need to go to remote learning due to Covid.
    Here are the Google Classroom Codes:
    Period 1, Intro to Engineering kbdpoie
    Period 2, Robotics aawl4ex
    Period 3, Principles of Engineering vksxej2
    Period 4, 3D Solid Modeling/Printing y4yr7yv
    Period 5, Intro to Engineering zgjn7y3
    Period 6, Robotics q3o5bds
    Digital Electronics, All Periods, dnbx5sp
    My grading policy:
    Grades are assessed using the following weights:
    • Projects/Tests:  50%
    • In-class Work:  20%
    • Employability Skills:  30%
    Employability skills encompasses coming to class on time, being prepared, participating, respecting others, and exhibiting proper school behavior.
    If a student loses their points for employability skills for a given week, the reason will be noted on the Synergy grading system.

Last Modified on October 21, 2020