Vermont Tech K-12

Technology Projects

Orange Center School
Technology Projects Spring 2005


Project Sponsors

Warning to Parents and Students


By Steve Belitsos and Andrew Roy from the Automotive Technology Department with material from Betsy Dorries.

        Automotive Technology Academic Program Information

Design and build electric vehicles

Architecture and Village Growth

By Paul Johnson, Louise Maynard, and Mary Waldo from the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department

        Academic Program Information

        Department Page (with examples of student work)

Simulate the pressures that govern village growth, using a role-playing game, consensus decisions, and Excell

        How the game works (proposed)

Design and model structures and gardens using Sketch-up

Student Work

        Beta Village

        Theta Village

Project Sponsors

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 Students

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

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