Summer 2021 Offerings


Teamwork is one key focus of hands-on projects, and there is a daily major project for each topic in TECH I classes. Generally, 2-4 students team up, each a stakeholder in the team's project. Small groups facilitate discussion, division and accomplishment of significant tasks, and verbal reporting of progress and test results.

Theme areas reflect both current and expected future changes in technology - - Space, High Technology, Water, and Energy. Both the Water and Energy segments focus attention on the environment, including quality and conservation. Alternative, green sources, conservation and sustainability are subtopics for Energy.

High Technology & Space
  • Build a Mars (egg) Lander
  • Deconstruct a Cell Phone
  • Build a Simple E-Device (soldering)
  • Design & Build an Aqueduct
  • Design & Build a Bridge
  • Build a Load-carrying Boat
Energy - Renewable Resources
  • Design & Build a Solar Cooker
  • Build a Basic Electric Motor
  • Build & Race a Solar Model Car

Dates and Sites for TECH I

  • July 5-16 - 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Bridges Academy, 1702 McLaughlin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122

  • Planned for late 2021, Summer 2022 –  Advanced Courses (Stay Tuned)


  • 3D Digital Modeling (Using SolidWorks) and Rapid Prototyping
    Instructor: TBD

    In today's engineering design field, engineers create a digital (3D) model of a product for presentation, analysis and simulation, and often build a physical prototype for further study. In this course, the concept of three dimensional modeling and Rapid Prototyping (RP) will be introduced. Students will learn to draw a 3D object using the software package SolidWorks, and be introduced to 3D printing methods (Stereolithography, inkjet, FDM) using powder and plastics. Teams of two will design a product using SolidWorks and build a physical model using FDM machines (Fused Deposition Modeling) to take home.

  • Robotics I
    Instructor: TBD

    From multi-ton tracked vehicles for firefighting and other hazardous duties, to robotic pack mules to quad-copters hoisting packages or video cameras, robots are being developed that will change human society in many ways. Robotics is a frontier requiring a multidisciplinary approach to solve the variety of problems for which it holds promise.

    In Robotics I, students use VEX robotic components to study robot structures and electronic controls, design and build an intelligent robot, including digital hardware and software and metal and flexible structural components. Team roles include project coordination, mechanical skills and programming talent, combined and targeted to demonstrate a robot's ability to accomplish a number of tasks.

  • Digital Electronics I
    Instructor: TBD

    Researchers estimate that global information consumption is more than 9.57 zettabytes per year, and that since the year 2011, server loads are doubling nearly every two years. From design to manufactured products, social media to the arts, we live in an ever-increasing Digital Age.

    In this course, students will analyze the basic components of a computer, and the relationship between hardware and software after building an electronic device with basic logic gates, clocks, memory, and counters. They then build a second device to delve deeper into the digital world. Requires familiarity with algebra.