Engineering

High School Engineering Program
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Pathway To Engineering Course Descriptions

Pathway To Engineering curriculum is designed as a flexible four-year sequence that will fit into any student schedule and is taught in conjunction with traditional math and science courses. The program is divided into eight rigorous, reality based courses. Research shows that PLTW students are five times as likely as other students to choose engineering and related disciplines in college and they have a higher retention rate in postsecondary engineering, science, and related programs.

Pathway To Engineering consists of a minimum of four courses. School districts that elect to implement the high school program are required to offer students a minimum of four courses within a period of four school years. The four courses are to include the foundation courses of Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles Of Engineering, and Digital Electronics.

 

Tier 1 – Foundation Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation.

 

Principles of Engineering (POE)

This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.

 

Digital Electronics (DE)

This course is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. This course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.

 

Tier 2 – Specialization Courses

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

The major focus of this course is to expose students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering through the fields of aeronautics, aerospace engineering, and related areas of study. Lessons engage students in engineering design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, space life sciences, the biology of space science, principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering. Students work in teams utilizing hands-on activities, projects, and problems and are exposed to various situations faced by aerospace engineers. In addition, students use 3D design software to help design solutions to proposed problems. Students design intelligent vehicles to learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.

 

Biotechnical Engineering (BE)

The major focus of this course is to expose students to the diverse fields of biotechnology including biomedical engineering, bimolecular genetics, bioprocess engineering, and agricultural and environmental engineering. Lessons engage students in engineering design problems related to biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, agricultural biotechnology, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, human interface, bioprocesses, forensics, and bioethics. Students in this course apply biological and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend living systems. The BE course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.

 

Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)

The major focus of this course is completing long-term projects that involve the development of property sites. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of a property. The course provides teachers and students freedom to develop the property as a simulation or to students to model the experiences that civil engineers and architects face. Students work in teams, exploring hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.

 

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

The major focus of this course is to answer questions such as: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle? the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics, and automation. The course is built around several key concepts: computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems. This course is designed for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students.

 

Tier 3 – Capstone Course

Engineering Design & Development (EDD)

This capstone course allows students to design a solution to a technical problem of their choosing. They have the chance to eliminate one of the “Don’t you hate it when…” statements of the world. This is an engineering research course in which students will work in teams to research, design, test, and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The product development lifecycle and a design process are used to guide and help the team to reach a solution to the problem. The team presents and defends their solution to a panel of outside reviewers at the conclusion of the course. The EDD course allows students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead The Way courses. The use of 3D design software helps students design solutions to the problem their team has chosen. This course also engages students in time management and teamwork skills, a valuable asset to students in the future. This course is designed for 12th grade students.