Overview of Our Courses
PVNet courses are designed to ignite and nurture students' interest in science, technology, arts, engineering, and mathematics. The result is a genuine curiosity and motivation for discovery that will help them in their academics and future careers.
This page gives a general overview of the different subjects our courses may touch upon. To view an up-to-date list of our current course offerings, please visit our catalog.
The Arduino is a single-board micro-controller used as the base for many robotics builds as its software is open-source and therefore can be used on a variety of different projects. PVNet students have the chance to learn Arduino as a building block for their developing interest in robotics.
The evolution of computers and the internet has brought along new concepts such as hacking, encryption, and data protection. Cyber Security is routinely offered for PVNet students to learn the fundamentals of digital protection and safety.
Many PVNet courses utilize VexIQ as it is a beginner-friendly robotics system. Students can learn about building and configuring robots by snapping together components and coding its functionality.
Many different languages exist for the programming of computer processes and functions. PVNet teaches a wide variety of these languages including those most in-demand by today's top technology companies.
Meet some of the organisms living along our own coastline! Students in our Marine Bio lab conduct studies on local marine flora and fauna using both laboratory and DIY scientific devices. Great for potential science fair projects or prep for high school courses!
Our facility is home to many different industry-standard technologies for video and audio production, including those used for film and music. Students have a great opportunity to flex their creativity while also learning important technical skills.
The field of biology is evolving and merging with technology, resulting in a new field that most schools have not caught up to yet. Luckily, PVNet provides students with the chance to experience this field via bioprinting, which creates gels infused with actual biological cells to form structures.
An exciting field for those already interested in video games, game development is another subject PVNet routinely teaches. We use games students are already familiar with, like Minecraft, and also introduce them to new software like Unity 3D and Blender.
PVNet is one of the only places in the South Bay with public access to state-of-the art 3D printers. Students here can design and model their own unique designs with software like TinkerCAD. They then see their creations come to life as they are 3D printed with special filaments.