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    Engineering Education

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

    The major focus of Introduction to Engineering Design TM (IED) is learning how to take an idea through a design process that will eventually be manufactured or produced. The course covers the following: The Role of an Engineer; the Design Process; Product Design; Product Analysis and Improvement; and Designing as an Engineer.

    Introduction to Engineering Design TM curriculum will follow the guidelines of Project Lead the Way, Inc. The course is a foundation course that will teach students to use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones.


    Students will use Autodesk Inventor; a sophisticated 3-D parametric modeling software, to help design solutions for different design projects. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas through various vehicles of communication. Understanding the terminology for the drafting/engineering industry and expanding fundamental skills in hand sketching (basic drafting) are both integral to this introductory course. Students will be working in teams, learning about documenting your solutions, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to other students and members of the professional community of engineering and engineering design. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the course. Students will also learn how to document their work, and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community through their engineer’s notebook and portfolio.

    All of the topics learned in this course will be used in future courses. Successful completion of this course leads sequentially next year to Principles of Engineering!

    Activities, Projects and Instant Challenges

     

    Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

    Civil Engineering and Architecture is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. The course includes an introduction to many of the varied factors involved in building design and construction including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry. 

    The major focus of the CEA course is to expose students to the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects, design teams and teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

    Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design and build electronic and physical models of residential and commercial facilities.  While implementing these designs students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process.

    Civil Engineering and Architecture is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th or 11th grade students interested in careers related to civil engineering and architecture.  Other than their concurrent enrollment in college preparatory mathematics and science courses, this course assumes no previous knowledge.

    Civil Engineering and Architecture is one of four specialization courses in the Project Lead The Way® high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

    What will my classes be like?

    Use 3D modeling software AutoDesk Revit Architecture to create and test your own residential and commercial designs, factoring in:

    Materials and Systems

    • Structural Design
    • Cost / Efficiency Analysis
    • Storm Water Management
    • Site Design and Considerations
    • Utilities and Services
    • Building Codes
    • Architectural Style and Guidelines

    Research the careers and trends in the design and construction industry, including new developments in energy efficiency, green technologies, and changing populations. Be inspired to shape the spaces of the 21st Century!


    Course Goals / Objectives

    The Project Lead the Way curriculum, including Civil Engineering and Architecture, focuses on making math and science relevant for students.  The approach used is called APPB-learning (activities, projects, and problem-based learning).  By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the material covered in class can be applied in their everyday lives.  Learning activities will include teacher-led instruction, cooperative learning, and project-based learning.  Technology will be used to enhance student learning, and provide real-world applications. 

    Engineering is a profession that contributes to change and improvements in our world.  It creates imaginative and visionary solutions to the challenges of the 21st century – the problems of feeding the world, how we will use energy and continue to protect our environment.  Engineering and technology play a vital role in the quality of everyday life and wealth creation.  Appropriate attitudes relative to the professional social obligations of the engineer, and the relationships between math, science, technology and society need to be learned.  Real world, open-ended engineering problems that cover a wide range of content will be presented.

     

    Engineering Science/Principles of Engineering (POE)

    Principles of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech career POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.

    To be successful in POE, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

    Principles of Engineering is the second of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

    The course of study includes:

    • Mechanisms
    • Energy Sources
    • Energy Applications
    • Machine Control
    • Fluid Power
    • Statics
    • Material Properties
    • Material Testing
    • Statistics
    • Kinematics

     

    Engineering Design & Development (EDD)

    Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process.

    Students will perform research to select, define, and justify a problem. After carefully defining the design requirements and creating multiple solution approaches, teams of students select an approach, create, and test their solution prototype. Student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.

    Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the PLTW foundation courses.

    Due to the open ended nature of the capstone design course, Engineering Design and Development does not follow the Activity, Project, Problem format of the other Engineering pathway courses. Because the course is essentially "one large problem to solve" over the entire length of the course, Engineering Design and Development is aligned to the Engineering Design Process  Portfolio Scoring Rubric (EDPPSR) assessment tool. The course follows the component and element format of the EDPPSR to help students make connection to the with assessment tool.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES:

    Here are the main objectives of the course:

    1.  Students learn the engineering design process (ITEEA version), and learn how this process is used to develop products and solve engineering problems.  This process very closely parallels the process of scientific inquiry. In the case of engineering, the process is a means to efficiently solve problems.
    2.  Students will understand and follow a variety of design constraints, including physical (volume, mass, density, and the connection between material strength and design), functional (design features and device functions) and marketing-based (cost, target market, price-point, etc.).
    3.  Students learn various methods of technical sketching as a means to communicate design ideas.
    4.  Students learn how to create a working drawing with accurate dimensioning, tolerances, and necessary annotations (materials, manufacturing methods, standards, etc.)  This includes learning to create a variety of different drawings (isometric, perspective, oblique and orthographic) and views (multi-view, auxiliary view, section and detail views).
    5.  Students will understand different measurement systems and standards and the importance of precision in design.
    6.  Students will learn the visual design elements and principles that apply to engineering design.
    7.  Students will learn structural and functional analysis in order to better understand the function of a device, and then innovate on the original design.
    8.  Students will learn to work in teams.  Students will experience virtual teaming, and will better understand the challenges involved in teaming.
    9.  Students will develop a better understanding of ethical and environmental issues connected to engineering design.