Design Tech Foundational (1 Year Program)

HS Credits for 1 Year Program: ​1.0 Science Credit and 2.0 Elective Credits
VT Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs)​: BTC is currently in the process of
aligning PBGRs for Tech Foundational Programs.

Students attend the one-year Design Tech Foundational program at BTC Monday through Friday in either the morning (9:35-11:47 a.m.) or afternoon (12:09-2:21 p.m.) session. Design Tech is designed to prepare students for the following technology cluster of grade 11-12 Programs of Study at BTC: Programming and Computer Science, Digital Media Lab, and Design and Illustration.

This program is designed to provide 9th and 10th grade students with a unique experience in a collaborative makerspace environment where they explore technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Students progress through multiple modules in Technology & Application of Science including: Structural and Mechanical Design/ Fabrication, Information Technology, Web & Digital Communications, and Visual Art. Each module consists of a variety of projects that are designed to help students develop their knowledge of 2D and 3D design, rapid prototyping, communication, problem solving, data analysis, and critical thinking skills. Throughout this course, students have access to a variety of resources including traditional hand tools, power tools, and computer controlled equipment such as a vinyl cutter, 3D printers, CNC routers, and a laser cutter. In addition, they will be introduced to mechatronics through the design and fabrication of a computer (Arduino) controlled mechanical system.

This program can advance student preparation for 11th and 12th grade tech programs as well as employment in the trades and introductory college courses in engineering and design.

Prerequisites/Recommended Skills:
Students should be at an 8th grade reading level, be able to perform basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and to take measurements using fractions, decimals, and percentages. An innate interest in making things and working with their hands, a curiosity about how things work, and a drive to solve problems are also highly recommended.

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