LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center

Plymouth High School students and community members are better prepared for a number of engineering and technical careers, thanks to the LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center.

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21st century learning skills

Thanks to this state-of-the-art facility, PHS students gain experience with all phases of the design process, taking projects from conception to completion. They design projects using industry-standard CAD programs, then create three-dimensional models and finally produce and finish projects using high-tech mills and a lathe. They also can learn metal fabrication in a professional welding training facility.

Among those to benefit from the facility are students in the PHS Project Lead the Way engineering classes, who are able to create tangible representations of their designs. This has allowed students to help local companies by developing prototypes. Classes in the facility are taught by physics and technology education teachers, all of whom are certified by Project Lead the Way.

Students in Project Lead the Way classes can earn college credits from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and several vocational programs carry credits from Lakeshore Technical College.

The center came about thanks to a partnership involving Lakeshore Technical College, the Plymouth School District, the City of Plymouth and area businesses. The facility is used by Plymouth High School students during school hours, and by LTC students and the community in the evenings.

More than half of the initial cost of the $1.2 million project was covered by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The city of Plymouth provided an additional $250,000 in economic development funds, along with $280,000 in in-kind donations from LTC and the school district. In addition, Sargento Foods Inc. donated a high-speed packaging machine, and the Van Horn Automotive Group provided $45,000 in improvements to the automotive lab.

 

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Facility Highlights

  • Agriscience Lab: Greenhouse and enclosures for small animals
  • Automotive Lab: Enhanced with new hoists and other equipment thanks to partnership with Van Horn Automotive Group
  • Culinary Lab: Multiple kitchen stations
  • Engineering/CAD Labs: Computer-aided design software, three-dimensional printer, and control panel and immersive CNC simulators for Haas high-tech mills
  • CNC Lab: State-of-the-art Haas CNC mills and a Haas lathe
  • Construction Lab: Saws, drill presses and other tools for woodworking
  • Graphics Lab: Laser engraver, screen printing and traditional press
  • Manufacturing Lab: High-speed Viking packaging machine, and a sandblaster
  • Welding Lab: Professional metal fabrication training facility and a CNC plasma cutter

 

Courses of Study

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Extracurriculars

  • PHS Technology Education and Engineering Club: Participants work on projects in all aspects of the design process and in some cases compete against area schools. Activities include Formula High School, High Mileage Vehicle, Project G.R.I.L.L., Beat the Heat, Ice Fishing, and Manufacturing Job Co-Op as well as community project opportunities.