STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Nicole Smith

I am currently the Architectural & Mechanical Design Instructor at LTC. I graduated from Gilbert High School in 2003 with a high school diploma. I then attended Midlands Technical College where I hold an associates degree in Architectural Engineering Technologies as well as a certificate in Interior Decorating. I then worked at Buford Goff & Associates - Engineers & Planners as an AutoCAD designer from 2005-2011. I am at LTC to share my industry and schooling knowledge with my students. I have been at Lexington Technology Center since 2012. I am a certified masters level drafting instructor through the SC deptartment of education through CATE.

Brian Little

Stephen Avila


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. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to actual construction of circuits and devices. A major focus of this course is the introduction of PLC (Program Logic Controllers). These devices are the artificial intelligence used to operate over 100 manufacturing facilities in the greater Columbia area.

Green Methods Honors
Grades 10–12 (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
Grades 10–12 (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
Grades 9–11 (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.

3D Solid Modeling
 Grades 10–12 (1 unit)
Prerequisite: Mechanical Design

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 Solid Works Associate (CSWA).


Principles of Engineering (LTC, PHS)
Grades 10, 11, 12 (1 unit)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering

This STEM course provides opportunities for students to link content together and apply what they learn to solve problems. Principles of engineering is a team-based advanced course designed for students who want to engage in real-world case studies and learning activities that focus on the engineering process and making the world a better place to live and work.

Architectural Design 1 (GHS, LTC, WKHS)
 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (1 unit)

Architecture is more than just walls around us. The form and function of the spaces in which we live and work 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 are introduced to a variety of concepts including green building and sustainable design in architecture. Students apply the concepts introduced to a “dream home” that they design and model.

Architectural Design 2 (GHS, LTC, WKHS)
Grades 12, 11, 10 (1 unit)

Prerequisite: Architectural Design 1

This course teaches about property development, the design of multi-story homes, and commercial construction as well as other components used to develop a small community. Students are introduced to the details and specifications needed to complete plans for construction and develop models used to simulate construction.

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.