My name is Cesar Borges, and I’m in Brattleboro as an exchange student from Brazil for only one year. I’m glad that I attended classes in the Career Center, because it has excellent programs for students that are interested in college level and hands-on classes, taught by professional teachers with quality equipment available for the students to use. I have attended Introduction to Engineering and Design and Electricity and I’m currently taking Digital Electronics and Technical Writing IV. I have learned a lot of valuable skills in those classes, and I also found out what I might want to major in when I attend college. If I could I would take as many Career Center programs as possible, because they teach skills that are important to different careers and also in life.
I would recommend all the classes that I took for any upcoming student, especially the electricity and engineering classes because they have a lot of hands-on projects that are fun and really interesting. In addition, Technical Writing IV is a great class for students that want to apply for jobs and/or colleges, and it’s a fun, interactive class.
For my senior project I made a 4x4x4 LED cube with a DIY book for students who might be interested in making one. My project connects to electricity and digital electronics classes, because it includes soldering, components identification, binary system, programming and more. The LED cube is controlled by a microprocessor that I programmed. The assembly of the cube required a lot of soldering skills and the ability to interpret circuit diagrams. The programming of the cube can be challenging for people that have never worked with microprocessors and programming software’s, but it’s far from impossible.
The LED cube project that I created can benefit students that are interested in the electricity field. There are certain skills required from the student that are acquired in the Electricity and the Digital Electronics classes offered at the Windham Regional Career Center, such as: through hole soldering, component identification, application of Ohm’s law, analyzing datasheet, and the ability to interpret circuit diagrams. The students can also learn about chip programming at a basic level, so they will be able to make their own flashing patterns.
One of the best moments I had in the Career Center was when I completed my senior project. It worked perfectly and I was really excited to see it perform the different patterns that I programmed. Mr. Hotin was proud of me and my classmates were impressed and thought it was pretty cool.