I want to give you a snapshot of what DTech is like over a random set of three consecutive days. The only thing special planned during these days was the first DTech social on Veterans Day. The two other days in class were completely "normal."
The "Noble Houses of DTech" have been working at their learning stations. Each noble house is at a different location--3D printing, CNC + CAM, electronics, or laser cutting. My role is to help them with tough problems and check out the cool stuff they are making. The rest of learning happens in teams, by trial and error, or by looking at the guides I created online. Each student is trying to learn skills at each station so that they can get a higher rating on the apprenticeship skill chart (novice, journeyman, master).
When class is in session, the lab is buzzing with energy. The students don't need me to threaten them with points or grades--they learn because they want to learn. I love watching them create new things that I never imagined, such as laser cut skulls or interlocking 3D printed arms. This is only the beginning too--I can't wait to see what the students will produce when they go through all four stations and work on their final projects at the end of the year.
The DTech Cohort 2 Students had an amazing time at the 2017 Aviation Career Day at the Camarillo Airport. We started the day by riding in a large bus to the airport. Last year we took the same bus, but there were only 10 of us--mostly empty seats. This year 43 students went and the bus was full. What a difference a year makes.
The bus wasn't the only change from last year. There were way more booths, activities, competitions, and demonstrations for the students this time around. The DTech kids got to fly drones, see the P-51 Mustang fly, talk to veterans from WWII, crash in a virtual cockpit, and fly gliders. They walked away with all types of aviation swag.
Our next major field trip will be JPL in Pasedena--I hope we get to check out the new Mars 2020 rover. Enjoy the slideshow below.