Introduction to Engineering and Design Honors (10 credits)

    Prerequisites: STEM Academy Acceptance

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in the 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. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) 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. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review.

    Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. In addition the development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.

    The following is a summary of the NGSS- and Common Core aligned units of study that are included in the course for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.


    • Unit 1 Design Process
    • Unit 2 Technical Sketching and Drawing
    • Unit 3 Measurement and Statistics
    • Unit 4 Modeling Skills
    • Unit 5 Geometry of Design
    • Unit 6 Reverse Engineering
    • Unit 7 Documentation
    • Unit 8 Advanced Computer Modeling
    • Unit 9 Design Team
    • Unit 10 Design Challenges


    Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems Honors (10 credits)

    Prerequisites: STEM Academy Acceptance; Introduction to Engineering and Design

    Description: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is the study of manufacturing planning, integration, and implementation of automation.  The course explores manufacturing history, individual processes, systems, and careers. In addition to technical concepts, the course incorporates finance, ethics, and engineering design. This reflects an integrated approach that leading manufacturers have adopted to improve safety, quality, and efficiency.  Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build manufacturing systems. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process. Students apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final open-ended problem to build a manufacturing system.

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing is a high school level course that is appropriate for students interested in manufacturing and automation.  The course applies and concurrently develops secondary-level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.


    Principles of Engineering Honors (10 credits)

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering and Design

    Through problems and projects that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Topics studied in this honors-level curriculum are taught at an accelerated pace, and are extended and explored in greater depth using real life projects incorporated into each marking cycle.