Energy Systems Technology is a STEM-focused CTE course that takes students through a comprehensive examination of today’s energy infrastructure while identifying pathways toward a more resilient energy future. Beginning with energy literacy, students consider the benefits and drawbacks of fossil fuel and alternative energy sources, how they are created, transmitted, and utilized, and opportunities for energy conservation measures within their own homes and communities. Successful completion of the course provides students with a solid foundation to explore Maine’s rapidly growing alternative energy and energy efficiency career fields.
As a project-based learning course, students apply basic STEM principles to research, design, and create:
- Energy-efficient structures
- Solar photovoltaic systems
- Solar thermal collectors
- Wind energy
- Micro-hydro electric systems
- and a Permaculture garden
Other topics include:
- Residential and Commercial Geothermal Systems
- Passive Solar Design
- Sustainable Local Food Systems
- Ecological Design Principles
Students taking this course also gain hands-on experience in shop safety, hand and power tool use, residential electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, and metal work, including cutting, threading, and welding. Opportunities are also provided to complete OSHA 10 training.