Technology Labs and Classroom Facilities
Staten Island Technical High School is proud of various Career and Technical Education facilities we have developed at our school. They assist our teachers in providing a unique STEM education experience that allows our students to reach and exceed their potential. We hope you can experience these parts of the building in person.
237 - CAD Laboratory - Mr. Buro's House of 10,000 Monkeys
The CAD laboratory in room 237 is where Mr Buro teaches CAD and Advanced CAD. It has 36 powerful CAD workstations. Each uses a multicore server processor, a premium videocard, solid state drive, and has a lot of ram. Also in the room we have a Glowforge Pro laser cutting and engraving device, two Prusa MkIII FDM 3D printers, a Formlabs Form 3 SLA Resin 3D printer, a large-scale plotter, and normal color and BW paper printers. This room is maintained meticulously by Mr Buro. There is no food or sugar-sweetened beverages allowed in the lab, unless you choose it to be the last meal or refreshing beverage of your life.
113 - Television Studio - Mr. Van Buren's Home
Rumored to be a $13 Million Studio, this "classroom" happens to be one of the most state-of-the-art TV production facilities in New York City. The room is actually three rooms connected to each other in an effort to host classes, allow live production control inside the school and remotely, and host shows in an actual studio room. You will find in the studio top quality TV studio cameras, professional lighting and sound, a green screen, as well as set pieces for various show formats. Inside the live production control room is a vast array of equipment for recording, live editing, remote camera control, audio mixers, and a bunch of other fancy crap that I cannot even identify. When you see the room it is one of those moments that you freeze and make sure you don't touch anything! Lastly there is the classroom itself in which you will find workstations for editing, an insulated sound recording booth, and of course space for students and the teacher to conduct a class.
C6 - The Makerspace - Mr. Dazzo's Shop
The Makerspace is our workshop for using hand tools, power tools, spray painting, brush painting, and other activities that can be messy or require safety precautions. There is an assortment of heavy machinery in there as well such as a lathe, band saw, drill press, sheet metal bender, and many others. The room is well lit and ventilated and up to specifications for an OSHA safe and ready environment. You will find it open during school hours to host students in their lunch periods, study hall periods, towards the end of the day, and after school. Depending upon capacity, walk-ins are welcome. Mr. Dazzo can normally be found down there as the director who is in charge of safety, maintenance of equipment, organization, and supplies. He is OSHA certified and a retired Local 28 Sheet Metal worker, as well as a semi-retired teacher. You can ask him to teach you about all aspects of "green" technology including being able to see the Staten Island Tech Solar Car. He may ask you if you have ever been to New Hampshire. I have. Three times.
C56 - Computer Science Lab - Mr. Whalen's Dungeon
Mr. Whalen's room is a haven of computer tinkerers. You will find computers and parts of all types in various levels of assembly at any moment, only to find them fully operational in a classroom on another day. He conducts Computer Science classes in there where students learn about software engineering, 3D modeling, web design, desktop publishing, as well as hardware installation and maintenance. You will also find it to be a haven for gamers and the location of the videogame club where you can go head to head in Smash Bros, Street Fighter, FIFA, Mario Kart, or other blood thirsty forms of combat of the mine and dexterity of the digits. Another staple of the classroom is Mr. Whalen's special ops team of repair and maintenance students often incorrectly refferenced as a "Mouse Squad." These people go through a Wlahen Style Boot Camp to qualify to be trusted as an extension of Whalen himself, often responsible for innovation and security within the world of SI Tech IT. Put a ticket in, and respect the rules of the schedule.
C37 - Principles of Engineering Lab
The basement dwelling where Mr. Henriques teaches is often filled with students working on all kinds of projects. The Principles of Engineering lab has students working on wooden bass and balsa bridges, Tetrix robotics with optimized gear ratios, as well as other projects focused on teaching kids about simple machines and challenges engineers face. Mr. Henriques often has a lot of tools on hand, as well as a CNC routing machine. One of the special features of the room is that it also has a few inches of water on the floor ever time it rains hard in the New Dorp area.
235 - Computer Science and CAD Lab
Room 235 is home to Dr. Frusci and also whoever is teaching CAD besides me (hopefully Mrs. Barone soon). It is a computer lab with strong desktop workstations that are loaded with all the CAD software, as well as the applications Dr. Frusci uses with his computer science classes. In Computer Science classes you will learn software engineering coding apps, IT exploration, and Cyber Security. The room also has a a large format plotter and four Flash Forge Creator Pro 3D printers.
259 - Electronics Laboratory
Those interested in exploring the world of Electronics and Electrical Engineering can find all the resources they need in Mr. Wantowski's Electronics lab. This is a full computer lab that is stocked with wiring simulators to explore all the dimensions of wiring. This lab is also the home of the BizInnovator program. Dreams are made to come true for the entrepreneurs of SI Tech.
139 - Career Development Center
Some may see it as just an office that usually has bagels on the table on Thursday mornings... but it is really where careers begin for students of Staten Island Tech. Inside you will find a team of specialists that make up the inner workings of our CTE program. Dr. Jax is there working hard all the time finding money to support our program, making the schedule for the makerspace, and arranging special connections from our industry partners. He is our invaluable CTE Coordinator. Mr. Manzo is in the back office as our Assistant Principal of Technology (and History, meh). Also you will often find visitors conducting presentations to the students about careers in our Backpacks to Briefcases program, spear-headed by Mr. Barry Levine. Mrs. Fitzpatrick (our Work Based Learning Coordinator) and Mrs. Reichal are working together to get students into internships through the year and into the summer. Mrs. Fitzpatricck also is there to conduct resume writing workshops and interview skill workshops. Sometimes Ms. Rachel Livshitz is also there helping out with all aspects of the CDC. If you are there at the right time you may stumble into an important Technology Department meeting featuring tasty Bubble Tea beverages. Delightful.
314 New Dorp Ln - Something Sweet Homemade (Bubble Tea Shop)
Speaking of Bubble Tea... Something Sweet Homemade continues the tradition of homemade ice cream and treats at the corner of New Dorp Lane and Clawson Street. The location was occupied by Seduttos's when Mr. Manzo and I were students at Tech, but the current proprietor Nicole knows her sweets and more importantly, her Bubble Tea. A day on Clawson is incomplete without a Bubble Tea. Get there fast because by the end of 8th or 9th period there is a swarm of students and not many of them will let their wonderful teachers step in line ahead of them. Here is a tip, Bubble Tea is flavored for this side of the world, which means its just full of crappy sugar and saturated with flavors. Have a little respect for the tea and ask for it with NO SUGAR and HALF the flavoring, if its a fruit tea. The Milk Teas and other things can also be stripped of that Western style crap to a degree. The inside of the shop echos that of a traditional ice cream parlor; it is the classiest place on the Lane. No offense to Vivi, they have great popcorn chicken, but it has all the faults of a restaurant chain. All the good ideas regarding the evolution of our Technology department are born either walking up Clawson or down Clawson on a Bubble Tea walk.