Welcome to Mr. Franzen's Web Site!

I am a Technical Educator teaching at Western Tech for over twenty years, and created this site for students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators, to help with the education process. You can find out more about me in the "Support" menu section and a recent Tech Design portfolio. This is a third generation web site that has been rebuilt from scratch and is constantly updated as time permits and as resources are needed.

Each course shows details of work covered broken down into units and activities as shown in the course outline. All handouts can be downloaded and printed, instructions are provided, projects and assignments have additional support information, and resources to supplement work to be completed. A daily journal for courses shows a quick recap on class topics, work done, handouts, etc. which can be compared with unit activities and marks. All marks can be viewed (by student number) to see current standings, if there are any zero's, then that work is past due and will affect current student mark.


Page Index

Use the links below to go directly to our school related news or just scroll down.

  1. Course Banners
  2. Local/Current Education News
  3. Student School Password Reset
  4. Class Related Information
  5. School Related Events

Course Banners

Below are some of the courses (visual banner samples) that you will find on this site:

Course banners

Recently this site was spot-lighted by Onlline-Geeks.com --and earlier on EEWeb as Engineering Site of the Day for what these sites have to offer. Both of these sites has related technical sites reviewed and further support resources you may find useful to check out.

- TOP - Student School Password Reset

After instructor has reset your password to your secret shared password (as of December 2016), you need finish your password reset process with the following information:

  • last four digits of student number
  • day of birth (two digits)
  • month of birth (two digits)
  • @Tdsb (capitalize the “T”)
tdsb password reset

Your new password must:

  • be a minimum of 8 characters in length
  • include upper case and lower case letters
  • include numbers
  • have one special character

Note, your password will expire after 180 days.

- TOP - Class Related Information

Exploring Technologies is Back!

After about a decade of this class taught as a rotation between course areas with specific teachers, the course is now back to a full credit course with the same teacher throughout the semester. Students have a great opportunity to experience a wide variety of related technologies through hands-on technical related projects to learn and build their understanding, better prepare, and organize themselves for taking future tech related courses here at Western and help with possible career directions. Check out the Exploring Technolgies course gallery pictures to see projects in action.

Construction Trade as a Career? - Students give it a Try!

Two construction classes worked on multiple projects including some clean demolition, rough-in framing, electrical, and plumbing throughout semester. They worked on wire preparation through wire joints and connecting common electrical devices, concrete forms, pouring concrete with re-bar and wall anchors, rough-in framing with 2*6 and 2*4 spruce, plumbing drain and PEX water supplies, and rough-in electrical. The L-Partial Wall project was designed to give a variety of experiences such as exterior wall and interior wall components. Exterior, interior, and flooring was also a plan, but students were not able to get that far, maybe next time. Students learned a lot and some have made decisions on going into specific areas, such as Rob who is going immediately into an electrical apprenticeship, and Megan (in picture below) which is getting into a construction framing program leading into rough-in carpentry. This course is a great way to experience some of the construction related trades and be able to make the informed and experienced decision for a construction career. See Gallery for 40 related pictures.

School entrance landscaping
Front of the School Landscaping

Two Green Industry courses worked on the front of the school adding soil to level the ground on either side of the main entrance stairs, planted a blue mountain boxwood hedge along both sides of the stairs, added two 1700 pound arbor stones in the front of the Western school sign along with some plants, more top soil, and some transplants of day lilies. Mrs. Brett offered some plants to also plant around the area along with some grass variations to fill in around the sign and fill in the rock garden. Adding cedar mulch around the hedge and adding grass seed on either side of the hedges will finish it off. More planting is planned in the fall. Thanks to Administration, Officer Troy, and Mrs. Brett for their contributions with the course teachers and students. Students enjoyed a delicious pizza lunch thanks to Officer Troy. See Gallery for more pictures.

School entrance landscaping
Bridge Building in Action

One of the projects, students taking Exploring Technologies did, was design a bridge first by sketching, then drawing it on Illustrator to scale, then printing the bridge to a one-to-one scale on paper, and finally using that design plan to cut and glue 5 mm by 5 mm bass wood to make their bridge. Destructive testing proved efficiency goals of over 1000 for some students. Once built and tested, an evaluation was completed and their illustrated design was transferred on to a Western T-shirt as a souvenir to take home with them. Check out the Gallery for more pictures.

Bridge Testing

Destructive Bridge Testing

Bridge Testing

Western T-shirt Souvenir

Student Teacher Will be Missed

Mrs. Lanni was here from York University as part of her final practicum. She worked with all classes and contributed a lot with students in each of Mr. Franzen's classes this month and student will miss her. Students were very appreciative of all her teaching, student help, and support.

Student Teacher

Souvenir T-shirt Back

Student Teacher

Souvenir T-shirt Front

T-shirt Collages

Foods, Tourism.Com had a great finish with T-shirt collages of students' work. Lots of great potential talent here at Western, where students may continue on, to related courses in the communications technology courses offered here at Western.

t-shirt collages
t-shirt collages

The T-shirts collage designs were based on several projects worked on in class such as the tourist, web design, logo, and the movie poster and then creatively combining into a collage and then transferred onto a free Western Tech logo stamped T-shirt using our clam heat press.

Parent Presentation

We had a successful grade 9 parent presentation. Parents dropped by to see some of the classes and meet the teachers. Below is a sample table put out, showing student samples.

Student Samples

Some of the projects shown above from left to right are: bridge building, CO2 Dragsters, aluminum machined chess piece sets, 3D plastic printed student projects, electric track race car, electronic motorized cockroach, CNC coat rack sign, and custom T-shirts. There is also a whole bunch of 3D parametric designs and graphic communication related projects.

Bridging The Gap

"Hot off the press", our new clam heat press is used to transfer designs on to T-shirts. The process is very easy here in Design Technology. Everything from black and white illustrations to full sized colour images can be transferred on to T-shirts easily.

Clam Heat Press

New Clam Heat Press Iron

Sample Illustration pressed on

Sample Illustration Pressed

3D Design & Printing

The Design Technology - Robotics now have a brand new 3D Printer which prints objects using plastic filaments (rolls of filament seen below table bed) in 3D of course!

Exploring Technologies - Robotic students will be printing there 3D key chain accessories they designed and build using Creo Elements Pro Engineer 5

BFB 3000 3D Printer

BFB 3000 3D Printer

BFB 3000 3D Printer

Co2 Wheel Printed

- TOP - School Related Events

Western's Annual Carnival

Students get an extended lunch to enjoy a time of fun, games, and food. The day was beautiful and there was lots of cooking on the barbecue. I helped out with the cooking, but students and Mr. Schneider did most of the work for the BBQ We had music, different fun games of challenge and even a cotton candy machine to enjoy sweets. Eight new picnic tables built by our Construction class, tug of war, pie in the face, funny picture takes, ball toss, and so much more. All in all a very successful day, and students had lots of fun.

George Brown College Robotics Presentation

Invited to George Brown College, our students were part of a presentation tour for local grade 7 and 8's. Six of Western Tech's robotic team, WARP7, presented to junior students about their experiences with robotics, what it is all about, and followed through with an exciting live demo with our full size Mechanum bot and mini bot. Excited junior students had the thrill to drive the mini bot around for a few minutes at the end of the presentation. Click the image below to see more pictures in the Gallery.

Bringing Back the CO2 Dragster - F1 in Schools Competition

Myself and two teachers went to Woburn Collegiate to observer their F1 in Schools CO2 car racing competition. I started a a similar program several years back when I founded the Integrated Technologies program, but later the program changed into our current Exploring Technologies with a three rotation format (a little history). It was mostly Woburn students competing and one other school SATEC W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute. Like Porter's student team Phronesis, teams came up with an interesting F1 cars using a number of different processes , poster displays, sponsor packages , brochures , web sites, and designed in CAD. Click on the pictures below to go to each of the picture albums in the gallery, to see more.

Poster Displays

F1 CO2 Cars

F1 Racing

FIRST Robotics Competition - AERIAL ASSIST Championship!
field shot

Our team wins at the Waterloo Regional and went to the international championship in Missouri in St. Louis, MO, April 23-26, 2014. Our robotic team, WARP7 - team 865, has an interesting robot position /function this year with a start pass-through strategy and is talked about in Chief Delphi forums as a favorite in our Curie division, Just do a search for 865 in the above link to read about wining predictions. Below are some picture score recaps of Curie Division.


Curie Alliances


Elimination Ladder

Final game

Our Alliance Final Play

Curie Winners

Curie Winners

As we were in Curie division we congratulate teams 469, 254, & 2848, also in Curie division on wining the the 2014 FRC First Robotics Aerial Assist Championship, and to team 27 for wining the Chairmans award!