School name: Colfax High School
Project name: Tech Essentials and Project Lead the Way (colfaxdesign.com)
Contacts: Jonathan Schwartz, Wade Wolff & Christian Kinsey
Students enrolling in Colfax Tech Essentials will be introduced to general design principles. Students will rotate through four Career Technology Education classes: Woodworking, Metal, Electronics and Integrated Computers. The course consists of basic instruction and the practice in each of the individual fields. Through hands-on project based learning, students will develop a project that involves all four fields. This applied academics class prepares students for design, engineering, manufacturing, and technology careers.
Colfax High School also offers Project Lead the Way.
Colfax High School has been a past recipient of several Lemelson MIT InvenTeam grants where a group of students developed a product concept, prototyped and tested the product. InvenTeam advisor Jonathan Swartz is an inventor and manufacturer in his own right, developing the Top Saw pocket tool, a product that won a 2007 Leatherman’s Innovative Tool contest. The Sierra STEM CTE Collaborative grant and Sierra College provided the opportunity for four CTE programs to collaborate (wood, metals, electronics and media) and develop a multi-disciplinary program.
ColfaxMath You Tube - movies, Seven Essentials of Mathematics and hands-on high school student projects