Engineering

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Engineering (PLTW)


In PLTW Engineering, students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and use the same industry-leading technology and software as are used in the world’s top companies. Students are immersed in design as they investigate topics such as sustainability, mechatronics, forces, structures, aerodynamics, digital electronics and circuit design, manufacturing, and the environment, which gives them an opportunity to learn about different engineering disciplines before beginning post-secondary education or careers.

Schools offer a minimum of three courses by the end of the third year of implementation: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and any specialization course or the capstone course.

Introduction to Engineering Design
Course Number: 9812
Course Length: One year
Grade: 9-12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Project Lead the Way Materials

 Students study into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principals of Engineering
Course Number: 9814
Course Length: One year
Grade: 9-12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Project Lead the Way Materials

Through problems 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.

Aerospace Engineering
Course Number: 8354
Course Length: One year
Grade: 9-12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Project Lead the Way Materials

This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles

Civil Engineering and Architecture
Course Number: 9780
Course Length: One year
Grade: 11-12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Project Lead the Way Materials

Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software. Students will have hands on project based learning, Engineering research and procedure.

Digital/Electrical Engineering
Course Number: 9816
Course Length: One year
Grade: 11-12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Project Lead the Way Materials

From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Capstone/ EDD (Engineering Design & Development)
Course Number: 4262
Recommendation: Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
Course Length: One year
Grade: 12
UC/CSU Requirement: G
Textbooks: Project Lead the Way Materials

An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.
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