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NEW! Racers, Rockets, Cookers and More! 5th-8th Grade: 7/10-7/14


Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2017


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT


David Stec




Copernicus (NC) 163

Course Description

Audience: This program is for students in middle school entering grade 5 through 8 in the Fall 2017.


Students will be immersed in hands-on experiential exercises where they will learn the fundamental elements of technology management while designing and building several technological devices (i.e. mousetrap racers, bottle rockets, solar cookers, “Rube Goldberg” contraptions, etc.).   Students will learn and apply the a) problem-solving/design process, and b) building blocks of all technological systems (materials, energy processing, simple machines) through their project work.


Course Objectives:

  • - To provide an overview of the main elements of technology (materials, energy processing, simple machines, etc.) and the technology management process through “hands-on” experiential exercises.
  • - To learn and apply a team-based creative problem-solving/design process to meet the objectives of a project.


Course Topics:

The workshop will include in-class exercises, case studies and practice with technology management principles and topics including:


  • - Technology & Technology Management Model
  • - Problem Solving/Design Process
  • - Basic Machines
  • - Energy & Energy Processing
  • - Materials & Their Properties
  • - Lean Manufacturing Principles

Instructor Information

David Stec

David’s professional career includes 26 years experience in manufacturing and healthcare complemented with 16 years of teaching experience at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Operations Management, Lean Systems, Six Sigma, Project Management, Technology Management, and Systems Modeling.  He is also the instructor for the Lean Enterprise Certificate Program at the CCSU Institute of Technology & Business Development.  He is the founder and principal of Vizibility LLC, a management consulting firm, focused on strategic planning, operations strategy & management, and Lean/Toyota Production System implementations in manufacturing and service industries.   David has held Director-level positions in Operations,  Process Improvement, and Supply Management for Yale/Northeast Medical Group, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, Clinical Laboratory Partners, and United Technologies Pratt & Whitney where he was mentored by sensei from Shingijutsu Consulting Ltd. in lean manufacturing practices.  He is co-author of the Shingo-prize winning book, Better Thinking, Better Results, and has (8) peer-reviewed publications.  David has a MBA & MSME from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Registration Closed – Course Full