The MVTHS Engineering program is primarily for students who plan to pursue a 4-year engineering degree, but it is also for anyone simply wants to have a better understanding of how the electrical and mechanical things in their life work. As part of the program, students gain a working understanding of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, but more importantly improve their ability to take on and complete challenging self-directed projects.
A student’s experience in the shop begins with a basic understanding of both the theory and practice of engineering. This is developed mostly through completing a series of electrical, software and mechanical challenges which expose students to the range of tools, components and materials used in the shop. Students then progress to defining their own projects and constructing working models of these projects, essentially learning to work toward a proof of concept. Finally students are expected to take their working models and learn to develop a working master prototype, a design that is both commercially robust and consumer-level user friendly.
By challenging students to work toward their own success they develop critical life skills such as confidence, perseverance and problem solving skills.