Engineering is designing and creating solutions to address particular human problems with technology that includes all types of systems and processes—everything from a hammer to a computer. Technologies result when engineers apply their understanding of the physical world to creatively solve problems. Students taking courses in this department will learn and practice problem-solving, systems thinking, innovation, teamwork, iteration, and communication. The broad-based skills that students will learn by taking courses in DET will prepare them for work-based learning, apprenticeships, careers in the trades, advanced trade schools, community college, college and beyond.

A Sample of Course Offerings

Intro to DET ( Design, Engineering and Technology)

This class is a project-based problem-solving course. After learning the fundamentals of design and safe tool use, students will create an independent project of their own based on a real-world problem that they can solve with the material resources available. One example would be to “design a freestanding object  that consists of five parts that fit together.” Students will define the problem, prototype a solution, test their solution and finish their project by reporting on their process.

Projects in Wood

This course looks at the principles of using wood as a technological tool.  Students will work in teams to study applications of structural design as it relates to construction using wood.  For example, students will tackle larger challenges such as the building of a small structure or modifying an existing one.

Projects in Metal

This course looks at the principles of using metal as a technological tool.  With mild steel as the primary material, students study and practice basic metal shop methods, including but not limited to cutting and simple metal fabrication using multiple handheld tools, gas torches, and electric welding.  Activities may include cold cutting,  grinding, gas cutting and gas and electric welding. With a practical understanding of one’s ability within the metal shop, each student will be responsible for designing, planning, and constructing an individual metal functional object.

Projects in Mechanics

Students will learn the principles of simple engines and build on that knowledge to explore mechanical systems and the relationships between the systems. Hands on experience reinforces the need for quality workmanship. Students learn to find and repair typical problems affecting engine power and performance, the theory of operation, and the recommended preventative maintenance for all systems. Projects may include engine restoration, building recreational vehicles, etc.

Metal Sculpture

Metal Sculpture introduces LA students to basic fabrication of mild steel.  With Art Fundamentals as the prerequisite, all students are encouraged to take the class; including students who are interested in technical metal applications such as welding, torch cutting, grinding, etc.  Each trimester students are guided through the metal shop, introducing tools with a strong focus on safety and proper tool usage.  Sculpture is discussed from a contemporary art discourse, however this is done in a way in which is accessible to all!  Artists and non-artists!   Students at any level of experience will learn to feel confident in the shop, learning how to manipulate steel and weld properly, with safety as paramount and creativity as our goal.  Students can retake metal sculpture; with each additional trimester, a student’s curriculum will become more independently driven.  Prerequisite – Art Fundamentals


This course will prepare students to compete in the VEX Robotics Winter Competition season (November – January). Topics include: engineering design, electronics, construction, programming using RobotC,  designing using virtual worlds.  Students can retake robotics; with each additional trimester, a student’s curriculum will become more independently driven. Prerequisites: currently enrolled in Algebra I, or successful completion of Algebra I 

Exploring Computer Science

This course will explore the basic concepts of computer science, technology, and the digital world –  useful and accessible for any student at Lincoln Academy regardless of familiarity with technology! There are six units – human-computer interaction, problem-solving, web design, programming, computing and data analysis, and robotics. When learning these concepts we will use a variety of tools/platforms, and culminate with final projects.
Prerequisites: Algebra I

AP Computer Science Principles

This Advanced Placement course offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. The “seven big ideas” explored in this course are: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, global impact. Prerequisites: junior or senior

Computer-Aided Design

This year-long course enables students to enhance their skills in the use of AutoCAD drafting software. The students are provided with opportunities to design and develop engineering products to be machined. Students visit businesses in the community which use CAD applications. This course offers opportunities to enhance the problem-solving and team skills used in everyday life.

Contact Information

David Brooks : Database/IT Administrator and Computer Science Faculty
David Brooks (207) 563-3596 ext. 1420

David Brooks joined the ATEC team at LA on July 1, 2019 from The Hyde School, where he taught computer science and robotics.  He was responsible for classroom technology campus-wide and part of their IT team, and directed their STEAM program. David developed and managed their foundation grant  that allowed Hyde to start its STEAM program and has pursued and received several other grants for that program. Before teaching  at Hyde, David was a software engineer at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and owner of the independent software consultancy Installer Factory. Before that was a Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Symantec Software.  David's office is in ATEC, where he be teaches AP Computer Science A, works as LA's PowerSchool Administrator and IT Coordinator.

Academic Affiliations:

B.S. Computer Science, California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo

Griff Braley : Theater and Film Faculty—Theater Director
Griff Braley

Descended from Northern Maine potato farmers, and after a mostly idyllic young life, Mr. Braley moved to mid coast Maine in the seventies, discovered music, theater and writing, and took up the theater arts. After 32 years in education, and 14 years as Artistic Director at Heartwood Regional Theater Co., he has directed more than 170 plays, including many originals. At Lincoln, Mr. Braley directs two annual high school plays and teaches digital media, film, play production and acting. His blessings in life include the amazing Mrs. Braley, five incredible children, and six grandchildren. Other interests include matters of Faith, poetry and music, as well as human behavior.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Theater - Bates College
Certified Drama K – 12
Certified English 9 - 12

Kate Mess : Visual Arts and DET Faculty, Graphic Designer
Kate Mess

Kate Mess joined LA's Visual Art Department in 2019 and previously worked as a design consultant on many LA publications. A studio jeweler and graphic designer, Kate has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters from SUNY New Paltz. She has taught at SUNY New Paltz and SMCC, run workshops for the Maine Craft Association and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In addition to teaching Small Scale Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Graphic Design, Yearbook, Art Fundamentals and Intro to DET, Kate continues her design work on LA publications.

Academic Affiliations:

B.F.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.F.A. Metal, State University of New York, New Paltz

Nina Sylvia : Visual Arts Faculty—Gay/Straight Alliance Advisor—National Art Honor Society Sponsor
Nina Sylvia

As a graduate of Lincoln Academy ('84), Nina Sylvia brings tradition and a deep connection to the Hall House visual arts room. Having taught for many years in two larger Maine high schools, it is her great pleasure to work with the creative students from the historical artists colonies of mid-coast Maine as well as the inspiring students from around the world. She is a practicing artist, working out of her home studio on the pond, finding subject matter by abstracting her extensive gardens, and always eager to learn new and cutting edge techniques. She built her own home and has been restoring a 60 year old wooden sailboat. During the "quieter" months, she travels and competes with an adult synchronized skating team.

Academic Affiliations:

BFA Printmaking, Maine College of Art
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Maine
Member of the MAEA, NAEA, and River Arts.

Ken Stevenson : Faculty Member
Ken Stevenson (207) 563-3596 ext. 1409
Ken Stevenson has ties to midcoast Maine dating to when his grandfather purchased a farm in Waldoboro in the late 1930's. He summered in Maine until he, and his wife Ali,  were able to move to Maine right after graduating from Brown University. Ken has pursued several different career paths, including stints as a stock broker and as an executive in several high-tech software start ups.  In 2002, Ken became Director of Resident Life at the Hun School in Princeton (NJ), his alma mater, and worked there for 10 years. Given the chance to be part of launching a full residential program at Lincoln, Ken and his family moved back to Maine five years ago.  Ken's wife, Ali, is the director for Communications at Midcoast Conservancy located in Wiscasset.  They have five children, Andrea, Campbell, Connor, Tucker and Riley, three dogs and a cat. Ken loves coaching soccer, reading and sailing.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Religious Studies - Brown University

Susan Levesque : Mathematics Department Head—Robotics Teacher and Robotics Team Coach
Susan Levesque

Academic Affiliations:

BA in Mathematics - University of Maine at Farmington
MS in Mathematics - Boston College
MS Education - University of Southern Maine