Do you own a cell phone? Use an iPod? Ever wonder what makes your computer do what it does? Does the idea of working with robots in school sound exciting to you? If so, then you should consider investigating one of the many exciting career tracks in Electronics.
Electronics technology is all around us and it affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. Electronics has revolutionized the world we live in. From generators to communication devices to computers and robotics, electronic equipment is omnipresent and those who learn to design, install, operate, troubleshoot, and maintain this equipment will have the necessary preparation for an interesting, secure career.
Pathfinder's Electronics/Robotics Technology Program uses many interesting projects to enable students to use engineering and technical principles that are the foundation of the electronics industry today and beyond. Students develop and sharpen their technical skills through a planned sequence of topics. Some of the students’ projects include construction of an electric car of their own design, building their own workbench power supply and multimeters, designing a “square-bot”, and the development of a team robot geared for competitions, and much more!
Pathfinder's Electronics/Robotics Technology Program is based on the exposure, comprehension, and application of engineering and technical principles fundamental to electronics technology in industry. Students are provided the opportunity and motivation to prepare for entry level employment and post-secondary education in the dynamic and challenging field of Electronics. Students will develop both theoretical and practical skills through a planned sequence of topics enhanced with cross-disciplinary experiences utilizing research and project opportunities.
In addition, students receive instruction in robotic principles, including, but not limited to the conceptualizing and application of gears, sensors, and programmable controllers. VEX robotic components are utilized to not only learn and apply these skills in the shop area, but students will also have the opportunity to enter a robot of their own design in Internationally recognized local and regional VEX competitions. Involvement in these competitions qualifies participating students in as many as two hundred or more scholarships, many of which involve prestigious colleges such as W.P.I. and M.I.T.
Students work in a contemporary technical shop area/lab facility complete with powered work benches, computer work stations, and state-of-the art testing and measuring equipment. The curriculum being implemented is the Massachusetts Department of Education's Vocational-Technical Frameworks for Electronics. Safety standards and state of the art practices permeate each new topic being presented, and the related Algebra and Trigonometry skills, necessary for electronics, are an integral part of the curriculum.
Computer-aided instruction (CAI) is also employed for individualized learning and reinforcement, and is also used to measure individual and group progress.
Upon graduation, students may enter the electronics industry in a wide variety of entry level positions in this rapidly growing, dynamic field. Students are encouraged to seek post-secondary education in areas of individual interest, such as biotechnical instrumentation, fiber optic and laser technology, automated fabrication, computer electronics and the like.