Engineering/Technology Course Descriptions

Engineering and Technology

Art 1-P

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class  

Whether drawing comes naturally to you or you struggle to draw a recognizable stick man, if you have a desire to learn how to draw and create visual art, this class is for you! In this course you will learn the basics of creating and speaking the language of Art. We will explore Art through cultures and history to better our artistic appreciation. In this class, we will focus on learning many drawing mediums and styles. Students will also learn artistic composition and design.

Art 2-P

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class  

Prerequisite: Art 1

If you have passed Art 1 and you are excited to learn more, then Art 2 is the class for you! In this course you will be able to develop and improve your use of familiar art techniques and will also be given the opportunity to learn new color based art mediums and methods. This class will strongly stress client art and design, composition and color theory. Art projects in the course will be more advanced and structured in design. Mural and large scale painting will be a major emphasis in this class. 

Biotechnical Engineering-P (BE)

College Prep, Grades 11-12, Year-long class

Prerequisite: C or better in biology and chemistry is required, or concurrently enrolled in chemistry with instructor approval. Passing IED recommended but not required.
 
The major focus of this PLTW (Project Lead the Way) 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.

Computer Science & Software Engineering-P (CSE)

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long class

Prerequisite: Passed Algebra 1 with a C or better. Recommended prerequisites are IED/POE.
 
Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) is part of the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) engineering program but can also be taken as a stand-alone course. Students work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve problems. The course covers the College Board’s new CS Principles framework. The course does not aim to teach mastery of a single programming language but aims instead to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity. The course also aims to build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Each unit focuses on one or more computationally intensive career paths. The course also aims to engage students to consider issues raised by the present and future societal impact of computing. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, and communication skills. Problems aim for ground-level entry with no ceiling, so that all students can successfully engage the problems but students with greater motivation, ability, or background knowledge will be challenged to work further.

Digital Electronics-P (DE)

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long class
 
Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering (POE), Physics, or Electronics/Robotics 1.
 
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation. This PLTW (Project Lead the Way) course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.

Electronics/Robotics

Grades 9-12, year-long class

E/R Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields and prepares a technical foundation for intermediate and advanced engineering courses. The course covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and diodes. Students learn to use common test instruments including volt/ohm meters, oscilloscopes and signal generators for circuit analysis and troubleshooting.  Students construct a radio-controlled car as they learn circuit board construction techniques, trouble shooting skills, basic circuit analysis and radio wave propagation theory.  Robotics uses a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts in robotics, students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex LEGO-based mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-term team robot contest. Teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized.

Intro to Engineering Design-P (IED)

College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 or equivalent.

The first course in the Engineering sequence, IED 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. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Strong spatial visualization and basic geometry skills will be beneficial.

Principles of Engineering-P (POE)

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long class

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IED and Geometry

The second course in the Engineering sequence, POE is designed for 10th or 11th grade students. This survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Students develop problem-solving skills, and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. Strong math skills will be beneficial.

Digital Electronics-P (DE)

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering (POE), Physics, or Electronics/Robotics 1.
 
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation. This PLTW course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.
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