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.
Tyler is the Design and Technology instructor at Burlington Technical Center’s Studio B. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Vermont. Tyler has a diverse background in building and making, working as a carpenter, auto mechanic, race car designer and fabricator, composite part designer and fabricator, a design engineer for an international automotive manufacturer, and as a design engineer for an aftermarket all-terrain vehicle suspension manufacturer. He has in-depth knowledge of computer-aided design, manual and CNC machining, and hand fabrication, making him a valuable resource for students who want to explore the design and fabrication process.
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