Engineering & Technology Pathway
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.