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

Patrick Martin

Courses

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.

Engineering Technology – Honors (LTC)
Grades 12, 11, 10     1 unit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering
Recommendation: 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.

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.

Resources

COLLEGES

CLEMSON http://www.clemson.edu/caah/architecture/

AUBURN http://cadc.auburn.edu/architecture

UNC CHARLOTTE http://coaa.uncc.edu/academics/school-of-architecture

GEORGIA TECH http://www.arch.gatech.edu/

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

http://www.scad.edu/academics/programs/architecture

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE http://www.midlandstech.edu/etet/aet/

SOFTWARE WEBSITES

AUTODESK AUTOCAD http://www.autodesk.com/

(AUTOCAD, AUTOCAD ARCHITECTURE, REVIT ARCHITECTURE, INVENTOR)

GRAPHISOFT http://www.graphisoft.com/

(ARCHICAD)

3D PRINTING

CUBE PRO DUO http://cubify.com/en/CubePro