Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy​​​​

All students must complete a project for these classes.

Machines and Engineering              Spring 2024

Find this class under Technology Category during registration

  • Location: Homeschool Nexus - 1870 Union Ave, Benton Harbor 
  • Instructor: Jon Bunnell 
  • Contact Information: phone: 269-308-2518 email:  
  • jbunnell2003@icloud.com
  • Format: In-person 
  • Start date: Week of Jan. 8th.
  • Registration Information: Waiver must be filled out prior to first class
  • Grades 7-12

Wednesdays 1-3:00 pm 

This course is intended to introduce students to fundamental engineering principles in a hands-on, demonstration-based manner.  We will explore mechanical and fluid systems, statics and dynamics, and many more high-level concepts, but in a fun and engaging more elementary setting that younger students can grasp.  

The goal of this course is to encourage students to pursue hard science degrees in college and give them an introduction to multiple fields of study.


Machines and Engineering Syllabus

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Teacher of Record: Tom Hurst