Ms. Cruz

Phone: 847-838-8322


Degrees and Certifications:

Masters: MA in Teaching Masters: Education Leadership K-12 Grade Administrative Certificate Computer Applications, PLTW ELA, Science Endorsements Bachelor's Degree : University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Master's Degree: Aurora University

Ms. Cruz

I  make it my job to make sure all students are safe when they are on the 
internet. I teach them how to be Cyber smart or safe online. I strive to teach 
my students to follow the District Technology Policy. Students will 
learn how to be respectful, cautious, appropriate, and use common sense 
while using technology at school and in their personal lives.

Ms. Cruz's Site Antioch
  • Computer Applications Students enrolled in the Computer Applications classes are exposed to all of the International Society for Technology Education Standards. Each grade level has a different focus. Students will think creatively and problem solve while they practice technology skills. Students will also spend the first part of the period everyday typing as they increase their accuracy and speed. Each course has been created to be engaging and fun, while they learn valuable 21st century skills.



  • 8th Grade Robotics (Automation and Robotics)

    Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, coding, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms. This is a course in the series of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum.
    For more information, visit the PLTW website at
    The class covers engineering concepts, coding, robotics and their use in the world, programming and hands on work.
    This course builds knowledge and skills related to the following career clusters:
    Course Outline/Framework
    • Engineering
    • Design Process
    • Automation and Robotics 
    • Mechanical Systems 
    • Automated Systems 
    AR (Lesson Summary) Project Lead the Way 

    Lesson 1 What Is Automation and Robotics?

    The field of automation and robotics includes computer-controlled machines used to make manufacturing more efficient, productive, and safe. Robots are also used as assistive tools for people with disabilities and as equipment in hospitals to help with surgery, to deliver food, or to dispense medications. Robots are becoming popular household helpers, performing chores like vacuuming and mowing lawns. Scientists say that future generation robots will be able to clean up, take out the trash, or even care for an elderly parent. In this unit students will learn how automation and robotics affect everyday life both positively and negatively, including safety, comfort, choices, and attitudes about a technology’s development and use.

    Lesson 2 Mechanical Systems

    Think about a bicycle, an eggbeater, a sewing machine, a hand-cranked drill, and a workshop vice. What do they have in common? All of them have at least one mechanism that provides movement. If the devices were taken apart, you would find a series of gears that redirect the applied force so they can accomplish their tasks. The activities in this lesson will introduce the students to several mechanisms that are used to change speed, torque, force, type of movement, and direction of movement. These mechanisms have been developed over time to address the need for changes in machine tools, robots, automobiles, airplanes, etc.

    Lesson 3 Automated Systems

    Computer programs and sensing devices provide feedback to guide tools and machines in the manufacturing of parts. Automated systems can be used to pick up a part, move it to a certain location, wait for a process to be performed, pick it back up, and deliver it to an offloading location. Upon completion of this lesson, students will have a better understanding of the necessary components of a flexible manufacturing system and the programming necessary for communication between the sensors, motors and building components.