Industrial arts a la Ambacher
lasagna, linguinethe ingredients to a fine Italian dinner
or parts of a bridge? According to Richard Ambacher 83,
definitely the parts to a bridge.
Ambacher, a technology teacher at Washington Township High School
in Gloucester County, guides his students with a unique approach.
A visitor to his high school industrial arts shop would be surprised
to see the soldering irons and power tools replaced by Macintosh
computers, drafting tables and pasta.
Ambachers students build bridges out of pasta to illustrate
structural integrity, compression and tension. By conducting the
course with projects like the pasta bridge, he supplements academic
study with problem solving.
Recently, Ambacher was awarded the High School Technology Teacher
Excellence Award from the Technology Educators of New Jersey. This
award is a reflection of the technology department and the school
district, he says. I cannot take all the credit.
Ambacher and his industrial technology students practice pasta engineering.