Our program model currently consists of approximately 90 hours of instruction and activities. The curriculum is designed to deliver mastery of rigorous technical skills and concepts while remaining exciting and interesting to ensure student engagement.
The primary educational methodology is project-based learning, a proven approach emphasizing hands-on, experiential learning along with direct teacher support. Our practical curriculum is the result of an ongoing collaboration with MIT-based BELLEDS Technologies, Boston energy efficiency engineering firm Towards 50 and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terra Haute, Indiana).
Coding, Computer Programming & Wireless Networks
Stacks+Joules students use programmable, wireless LED lighting systems to learn the fundamentals of configuring and optimizing building automation systems. They create a variety of increasingly complex games and activities, using to the Python coding language to program their lights to change color and intensity. Each lesson supports students towards a final capstone exhibition of mastery in which they program a light show choreographed to a song of their choosing.
Building Automation Controls & Energy Management Systems
The lighting and HVAC system controls and work-readiness program components are designed around multiple tours of building management facilities led by industry professionals. This exposes students to real work environments and connects them with potential employers and mentors.
Job Placement & Career Development
Graduates are further supported with internship and job placement assistance, as well as future career development guidance and mentorship from building automation professionals.
To learn more about what we teach, and how, visit our Program Details page.