Introduction to Engineerng (IED) - NCAA approved
A high school level foundation course in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Using the activity-project-problem based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.
Students must have either completed an Algebra course or be concurrently enrolled in one.
Principles of Engineering (POE) - NCAA approved
POE is a high school level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students have the opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers. POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through APPB learning.
Used in combination with a teamng approach, APPB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts. It also allows them to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.
POE is the second of two foundation courses in the PLTW high school engineering program. This course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. To be successful, students should have already taken IED or passed an Algebra course and have completed a Physics course. Some students do take a Physics course concurrently with POE.
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
AE is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students interested in Aerospace. This course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.
AE is considered a PLTW specialty course that covers the engineering discipline which develops new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration. Utilizing the APPB teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills.
To be successful, studentshshould have already taken POE and passed a Physics course. Some students do take a Physics course concurrently with AE.
Robotics - NCAA approved
This is a beginning course in robotics. The purpose of this ocurse is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as probelm solving strategies. The APPB pedagogy is used as students work through challenges that encompass building robots to complete various tasks autonomously as well as tethered. Students start wil developing a common defintiion, the history of robotics, create "junk-drawer" robots, combine simple machines, and then work with RobotC and VEX equipment.
To be successful, students should have completed 1 year of Physics and 1 year of Geometry.