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 well-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!
    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 popular 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.  Our FTC robotics teams have won back-to-back state titles!  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.
    Additionally, all classes will get to work with the school's 2' x 4' Powermatic CNC machine and our BeamBox 50W Laser Cutter/Engraver.
    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.


    Mr. Chad Finch

     Chad, Shelby, and Harper RaeAnn Kids
    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.
    The Google Classroom Codes will be given to students in class and listed here when the year begins:
    Period 1, Intro to Engineering-dsluc3q
    Period 2, Robotics-a2zft3i
    Period 3, Principles of Engineering-qh4arl6
    Period 4, 3D Solid Modeling/Printing-7sq4u5g
    Period 5, Intro to Engineering-chdpenj
    Period 6, Robotics-oi5sc2e
    Digital Electronics, All Periods-bbhmtht
    My grading policy:
    Grades are assessed using the following weights:
    • Projects/Tests:  50%
    • In-class Work:  20%
    • Employability Skills:  30%
    Employability skills include 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 in the Synergy grading system.

Last Modified on April 12, 2022