Design Technologies, Brown, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C02 A, B, C, D, E
Instructor: Matthew Brown
Location: Mount Abraham Union High School, Bristol, VT
Dates and Times: June 24-27, 2019 from 8:30-4:00 with the remainder online
Credits: 3 graduate credits

$975 without a 3D printer, $1,275 including a DaVinci Pro 3D printer

Note: Course payment of $975 or $1,275 by check or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

The field of Design and Technology Education varies greatly, therefore “Design Technologies” will allow educators to create their own learning experience as it relates to one main technology (CAD, 3D Printing, Laser Engraving or CNC). Students will choose one of these modules to focus their work on for the week.  The main focus will be creating lessons/units that apply the use of the technology either directly or indirectly through their coursework.  This course will give students the opportunity to create sample projects/models, test their lesson ideas, troubleshoot the process and gather feedback from peers, all while having direct access to the technology needed.  Students will select one of the following areas of focus for their week in class:


Intro to Design Technologies –  EDU 5515 C02E

This module will gives students an overview of CAD (TinkerCAD, or KeyCreator), 3D printing, Laser Engraving and CNC technologies.  


CAD (computer aided design) - EDU 5515 C02A

Students will have access to, and support with KeyCreator Mechanical CAD software, access to Google Sketchup, or may bring their own device and software to improve skills with CAD and develop plans to use CAD in their classroom.


3D Printing - EDU 5515 C02B

Students will have access to, and support with using Davinci Pro 3D printers.  3D design is required in order to 3D print, so experience with 3D CAD design is recommended.  Students will have access to KeyCreator, Google Sketchup and Tinkercad for 3D design.


Laser Cutting and Engraving - EDU 5515 C02C

Laser engravers, and CorelDraw design software.  Laser Engraving is used on many materials such as wood, acrylic, tile, stone, glass, and more.  Students will have the opportunity to try multiple materials and test many ways to use the laser engraver. 


CNC (computer numerical control) - EDU 5515 C02D

Students will have access to a 4x4 CNC router for cutting wood, as well as a CNC Plasma table for cutting metal parts.  These technologies can be used in many ways from artistic work to mechanical parts. 

*This course operates like a “summer institute”, giving students the opportunity to take different modules year after year.  In the future, different modules may be available.


Audience: Technology Education, Art, Science, or any teachers that apply design and technology.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals: Students will further their knowledge and skills with select technologies.

 Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Create products utilizing select technologies
  2. Create lessons/units to be implemented in their classrooms

Required Texts

Students will find research that supports the use of their technology in the classroom.

For additional course information

Matthew Brown
(802) 349-0728

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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