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Engineering Academy

In their search for better, quicker and less expensive ways to meet the challenges of today’s society, students apply the principles of science and mathematics to the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature. They are offered a glimpse of how this is done in the corporate world by participating in the Engineering Internship Program.  Qualified seniors in the academy work alongside practicing engineers 6-9 hours a week throughout the school year.  As a result of their success as interns, some students have gone on to paid college internships and even full-time employment as engineers.

Contact Information

Brian Tucker
Academy Coordinator
Phone: 281-634-4290
Fax: 281-634-2674
brian.tucker@fortbendisd.com

Elkins High School
7007 Knights Court
Missouri City, TX 77459

Student Benefits:

Students also get a chance to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom by participating in several extracurricular clubs.  Among these are the award-winning Robotics Club and the Technology Students Association (TSA).  Competing as a team in both B.E.S.T and F.I.R.S.T. robotics competitions, the students have earned over 50 trophies in the last 10 years.  These include several Regional Championships.  In addition, TSA students consistently bring home Best-in-State awards in numerous individual technology events. 

Course Offerings

The Engineering Academy curriculum is comprehensive in nature, covering the many disciplines in the general field of engineering. As well as addressing the content many of the various fields, emphasis is also put on the Engineering Design Process. As such, this structured methodology transcends all of the specialties.

9th Grade

Principles of Manufacturing (required for graduation from academy)

Students interested in engineering as a career field can learn basic concepts and principles of engineering. This is an introductory treatment of various disciplines, utilizing various physics, science, and engineering modules as discovery learning centers. These include a wind tunnel, simulated structures, lasers/fiber optics, to name a few, and involve utilization of computer generated information in designing various systems.

Principles of Arts, Audio-Visual Technology & Communications

The relationship of computers and other technologies will be explored. Students will: apply computers to design, produce, and assess technology, develop computer systems, program robotics equipment , create presentations, simulations, & graphics, and learn to use data acquisition software and hardware. Note: Meets Computer Applications credit

10th Grade

Computer Engineering Design and Problem Solving (required for graduation from academy)

The basics of engineering geometry and design are investigated, with an emphasis on graphic communications. The engineering design process will be used to take a design from the conceptual stage to a finished product, complete with technical drawings, and present the final solution in an effective and professional manner. Prerequisite:  Principles of Manufacturing

11th Grade

Principles of Technology (required for graduation from academy)

This applied physics course will allow students to study matter and energy and their interactions. The concepts of force, energy, and power will be explored while applying the principles of mechanical, fluid, thermal, and electrical energy. Laboratory experience will constitute at least 40% of the class, qualifying it as a TEA-approved science elective. Prerequisite: Principles of Manufacturing

12th Grade 

Problems & Solutions in Engineering Technologies (required for graduation from academy)

Focus will be on the fundamentals of information andcommunication engineering. This unique course offering grabs the students’ attention by using many examples from multimedia technology popular in today’s culture. Particular emphasis is given to how modern engineers use math, science, and ingenuity to solve problems to design and build new technologies. The curriculum utilizes up-to-date web-based content as well as special software / hardware lab experiments. Additional information can be obtained from the website: www.infinity-project. org. Prerequisite: Two technology courses from within the Engineering Academy.

Practicum in STEM

This course provides students with the remarkableopportunity to work alongside practicing engineers. They will be assigned to various unpaid positions and benefit from the field experience of solving problems, working within a team framework, and learning the environmental and moral impact of ethics in action. Prerequisite: Completion of three or more courses within the Engineering Academy, with an 85 or higher average, and by teacher recommendation; transportation required.
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