Technology Projects Spring 2005
By Steve Belitsos and Andrew Roy from the Automotive Technology Department with material from Betsy Dorries.
Design and build electric vehicles
Architecture and Village Growth
By Paul Johnson, Louise Maynard, and Mary
Waldo from the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department
Simulate the pressures that govern village
growth, using a role-playing game, consensus decisions, and Excell
Design and model structures and gardens
The projects enjoy the generous support of
the public schools. School staff members accompany the students and assist with
the projects. The schools pay for project preparation, instruction and
coordination (mostly from Vermont Tech faculty and staff), and materials like
glue and ice cream.
The projects also enjoy the generous
support of Vermont Technical College. The college contributes facilities (like
computer labs and machine shops), technician time, logistics by Mary Jeanne
Taylor, payroll and invoicing by Ingrid Van Steamburg and oversight from the
Academic Deanís office.
Warning to Parents and
In these projects many of the
technologies are inherently dangerous. Of
course, if a student is not comfortable with a dangerous technology, someone
else will use it for them.
Students and parents should also
understand that a place, where technologies like power tools are used, is an inherently
dangerous environment. We have been very
fortunate in recent years to have avoided a terrible accident.
If a student shows a dangerous lack of
skill or judgment, an instructor or staff member may remove them from the
project. Many risks, however, can not be countered by close supervision. All
students and parents should be warned that errors in concentration,
skill or judgment can quickly lead to injury.
Also, even a person doing the right thing
might get hurt by a freak accident or someone elseís mistake.
We recommend an attitude of calm mindful
respect for the inherent dangers of technology.
Paul H. Johnson
Vermont Technical College