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Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Designed for 9th and 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software AutoCAD Inventor to help design solutions to solve problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate their solutions orally and in writing. Students are also exposed to research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

Available to Grade Levels: 9 through 12

Computer Science Principles (CSP)

Students work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve problems. 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.

Prerequisites: Integrated Mathematics I (IM1) Available to Grade Levels: 10 through 12

Principles of Engineering (POE)

This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary 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. They document their work and communicate their solutions.

Prerequisites: Integrated Mathematics I (IM1). Available to Grade Levels: 10 through 12

Digital Electronics (DE)

This course is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Prerequisite: Integrated Mathematics II (IM2). Preferred: At least one year of engineering completed

Available to Grade Levels: 11 through 12

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

This capstone course allows students to design a solution to a technical problem of their choosing. This is an engineering research course in which students will work in teams to research, design, test, and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The team presents and defends their solution to a panel of outside reviewers at the conclusion of the course. The EDD course allows students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead the Way courses. This course also engages students in time management and teamwork skills, a valuable skill set for students in the future.

Prerequisite: At least one year of engineering Preferred: Three years of engineering completed Available to Grade Level: 12