Vermont Tech K-12

Technology Projects

Orange Center School
Technology Projects Spring 2006


Project Sponsors

Warning to Parents and Students


By Steve Belitsos and Justine Macris from the Automotive Technology Department.

        Automotive Technology Academic Program Information

Each student will build and launch a water bottle rocket and an Estes model rocket.

Alternative Energy

By Louise Maynard and Paul Johnson from the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department with assistance from Mary Waldo and Bob Royce.

        Academic Program Information

        Department Page (with examples of student work)

Design, model and test an alternative energy system. Use Lego components (beams, gears, shafts, motors/generators, capacitors, solar panels, wires, etc.) and other simple materials to catch wind, water or solar energy, hold it, change it and let it go in a useful way. Students will take data and perform calculations relating to power and efficiency.

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 schools also pay some administrative costs (contracts, payroll, invoicing, etc.).

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, and oversight from the Academic Deanís office. The college also contributes most of the costs for administration (contracts, payroll, invoicing, etc.).

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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