STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Mark Drag

Mr. Drag is a father of four returning to LTC for the 2018-2019 school year to teach Mechanical Design and Architectural Design.
His previous teaching experience includes:
  • Wilson Middle School Charlotte NC - 1 year
  • Dutch Fork High School - 4 years
  • Irmo High School - 2 years
  • Lexington Technology Center - 2 years
  • River Bluff High School - 4 years

Brian Little


  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Hendrix College
  • M.S. in Photonics - Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. in Physics - Oklahoma State University

Teaching Experience

  • Lexington Technology Center

Patrick Martin


  • Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design, Purdue University
  • Mathematics Education, University of Wisconsin
  • Educational Leadership - Arkansas State University
  • Continued Certifications for technology and Gifted and Talented Students
  • Certifications for AP Courses: Statistics, BC-Calculus, and AB-Calculus


  • 1995-2000 Aiken County School District; Wagner-Salley HS
  • 2000-2006 Lexington Middle School
  • 2006-2013 Lexington High School
  • 2013-2018 River bluff High School
  • 2018-2019 Lexington Technology Center

Courses Taught: Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, and Engineering


Architectural Design 1  (GHS, LTC, RBHS, WKHS)
Grades 10, 11, 12   1 unit
Prerequisite: Mechanical Design 1
Architecture is more than just the walls around us. The form and function of the spaces we live and work in are at the heart of how any design comes to life. This course investigates how the structure is designed and built as well as the layout of spaces between the walls. Students gain knowledge to implement their 2D design on paper into a 3D structure in AutoCAD Architecture ®. Building vocabulary and the fundamentals of design are stressed.

Architectural Design 2   (LTC, RBHS, WKHS)
Grades 12, 11, 10   1 unit
Prerequisite: Architectural Design 1
This course is a continuation of the concepts and skills learned in Architectural Design I. Students use the BIM (Building Information Modeling) CAD 3D software program ArchiCAD® and are introduced to Revit Architecture®. Students design residential and commercial structures and produce a full set  of construction drawings. Students also research a well-known Architectural landmark and build a model of their choice.

Architectural Design 3 Honors (LTC)
Grades 12, 11   1 unit
Prerequisite: Architectural Design 2
This Center for Advanced STEM Studies elective course gives students the opportunity to practice concepts learned from Architectural 1 & 2 and apply those concepts in class. Students study ‘green building’, the design process and all necessary disciplines (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, and structural) to construct a building from start to finish. Students work in teams for most projects to design a functional building that could be used in today’s society. Field studies are also incorporated.

Introduction to Engineering
Grades 9, 10, 11   1 unit
This STEM course is a basic introduction to engineering for all students. Students who complete this course will learn the concepts necessary in order to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like data comparison of heart rates, rating
consumer products, descriptive testing and 3D solid modeling apply math, science, history and English content from other courses in a STEM experience.

Electronics for Engineers — Honors (LTC)
Grades 11, 12   1 unit
This Center for Advanced STEM Studies elective course focuses on applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Electrical components such as resistors, LEDs, and capacitors are introduced and used to create basic circuits. Throughout the course more advanced devices and circuits are added. The students will learn how to use microcontrollers (such as Arduinos) to perform predefined tasks based on external data collected by sensors.

Engineering Technology – Honors (LTC)
Grades 12, 11, 10   1 unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering
ecommendation: Mechanical Design 1 and Mechanical Design 2
Students build skills for success through research, experiments and challenges that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts. Engineering Technology introduces students to a variety of experiences that mirror actual engineering problems encountered by business and industry. They gain experience with using measurement tools and instruments and perform experiments with electrical circuits, mechanical and fluid systems.

Green Methods – Honors (LTC)
Grades 12, 11, 10   1 unit
This Center for Advanced STEM Studies elective course provides focuses on sustainability and renewable energy. It offers insight into decisions concerning renewable energy that occur daily at a personal, local, national and global level. A study of the “101 things we all need to know” is included as part of the focus on issues concerning food, shelter, water, air, energy, waste, transportation and consumerism.

Materials Science – Honors (LTC)
Grades 12, 11, 10  1 unit
This Center for Advanced STEM Studies elective course features hands-on labs combining science, ingenuity, and creativity in a multidisciplinary approach to science and technology. Students learn about materials, materials uses and applications, scientific theories, and practical experiences that prepare them to work in a technologically-rich environment.

Mechanical Design 1
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12   1 unit
This course is designed to expand students’ knowledge of the skills needed to be involved in an engineering field. This class uses CAD software. Units of study include manual drafting equipment, geometric construction, single-view drawings, multi-view drawings, dimensioning, and isometric and oblique drawings.

Mechanical Design 2
Grades 12, 11, 10   1 unit
Prerequisite: Mechanical Design
Industry Credential Alignment: Certified SolidWorks Associate
Learning 3D design is an interactive process whereby ideas become reality. Since students learn best when they explore the practical applications of the concepts they learn, this STEM course has many activities and exercises that enable students to put design concepts into practice. Students create ideas such as artificial heart components, extreme sports equipment, hip replacement parts, robotic arm components, and musical instruments and their parts. Students will be eligible to become a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA).

Advanced STEM Research Honors  (LTC)
Grades 12, 11   1 Unit
This course is designed to be a capstone experience for the Center for Advanced STEM Study. Students enrolled in this course conduct a self-directed project which consists of researching, designing, building and presenting a project to a committee of advisory members. Possible projects include experimental research, entrepreneurial ventures and advanced STEM studies with respect to environmental and economic impact. Research may include internships or several externships with local engineering firms or institutions of higher education.