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Engineering Explorations I (Year 1)

In Engineering Explorations I, students examine technology and engineering fundamentals in relation to solving real-world problems. Students investigate engineering history, including major engineering achievements, and they examine the principle engineering specialty fields and their related careers. Students practice engineering fundamentals, using mathematical and scientific concepts, and they apply the engineering design process through participation in hands- 3 on engineering projects. Students communicate project-related information through team-based presentations, proposals, and technical reports.

Introduction to Engineering Design (Year 1)

This  pre-engineering course  is  one  of  three  core  courses  (along with Principles  of  Engineering and Digital  Electronics)  in a  national  engineering  program. Using computer-modeling software, students  learn the  design  process. They solve  design problems  as  they develop, create,  and analyze  product  models.   

Principles of Engineering (Year 2)

In this  Project  Lead the  Way (PLTW)  course, students  explore  the  engineering profession and the fundamental  aspects  of  engineering problem  solving. Students  study the  historical  and current  impacts  of  engineering on society, including ethical  implications. Mathematical  and scientific  concepts  will  be  applied to fundamental  engineering topics, including mechanics  and electrical-circuit  theory.   

Architectural Drawing and Design (Year 2)

Students  learn the  principles  of  communicating  architecture designs  and  increase their understanding of  working drawings  and construction techniques  learned in  Technical  Drawing and Design. Experiences  include  residential  and  commercial  building designs, rendering, model development, and  structural detail  developments.  Students  use  computer-aided drawing and design (CADD)  equipment  and established standards  or  codes  to prepare  models  for presentation. The  course  is  especially beneficial  to  future  architects, interior  designers, or  home builders. 

Advanced Drawing and Design (Year 3)

Students  use  graphic  language  for  product  design  and technical  illustration. They increase  their understanding of  drawing techniques  learned in the  Technical  Drawing and Design (8435/8434), Engineering Drawing and Design (8159)  and  Architectural  Drawing and Design (8437/8492). Students  research  design-related fields  while  identifying the  role  of  advanced drawing and design in manufacturing and  construction industry processes. They apply the  design process, analyze design solutions, reverse  engineer  products, create  3D  solid models  using computer-aided design (CAD), construct  physical  models, and create  multimedia  presentations  of  finished designs. Students  will  complete  a  work portfolio based on  a  chosen graphic  project. 

Software Engineering Essentials (Computer Science Essentials) (Year 3)

Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A. 

Software Engineering (Computer Science) (Year 4)

This  Project  Lead the  Way course  aims  to develop  students' computational  thinking, generate excitement  about  career  paths  that  utilize  computing, and introduce  professional  tools  that  foster creativity and collaboration. Students  develop programming expertise  and  explore  the  workings of  the  Internet. Projects  and problems  include  app  development, visualization of  data, cyber security, and simulation.   

Engineering Design and Development (Year 4)

This course will enable students to examine technology and engineering fundamentals related to solving real-world problems. Students examine ethics and intellectual property and design a practicum project, a culmination of knowledge and skill gained in the previous engineering courses. In addition, students continue to investigate a variety of engineering specialty fields and related careers to determine whether they are good candidates for postsecondary educational opportunities in engineering.