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Pre-Engineering education is a six-course technology program designed to help students explore technology related careers and to prepare them for two and four year college technology engineering degree programs. Each class is taught in a laboratory setting using state-of-the-art technology equipment and software. Instruction is generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, sometimes involving mentors from industry and colleges. Class activities focus on problem solving, requiring students to work in teams to generate solutions. Students have the option to earn college credit, when possible, through college articulation agreements, offering a seamless link between high school and college. Typically, students that enjoy math and science will benefit from exploring at least part of the program, if not all of it.

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Introduction To Engineering Design/DDP

IED is an introductory course, which develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed on the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. Students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern state-of-the-art computer hardware and software. (Autodesk Inventor). This modern computer based process replaces the traditional hand drawing methods. The course emphasizes the design development process of a product and how a model of that product is produced, analyzed and evaluated, using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. Various design applications are explored with discussion of possible career opportunities. IED is based on the NY State Design and Drawing for Production curriculum.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum
Grades 9,10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
This course can be used to satisfy the Art/Music requirement

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics is a foundation course of applied digital logic which can be found in every discipline of Engineering. This course in applied logic encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Utilizing state-of-the-art computer software students replicate actual electronic circuits and devices prior to constructing the circuit. Students will design circuits that are found in real wowrld applications and export their designs to a Breadboard or program then into a FPGA Board (Field-Programmable Gate Array.) In addition to circuit design, students will be introduced to micro-controllers using Boe-Bots from Parallax. Software: Multisim 10.1.1, Xlinx ISE 10.1, PBasic 2.4.2, Office 2007.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit

School project, PLTW exam
Prerequisite: Currently taken or enrolled in Math 3R or 3H

Principles Of Engineering

This broad-based survey systems course is designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers. They explore various engineering systems and manufacturing processes. Hands-on laboratory activities feature the use of tools, various types of test equipment, material construction and processing. The activities give students a genuine experience in applying modeling, systems, optimization, design and ethics on how technology interacts with society. They also learn how engineers address concerns about the social and political consequences of technological change. The main purpose of this course is to experience through theory and hands-on problem-solving activities what engineering is all about and to answer the question, "Is a career in engineering or engineering technology for me?" Students considering this course should have a working knowledge of math and science concepts.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum
Grade 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

This course applies the principles of robotics and automatic machining applications together. The course builds upon the computer solid modeling skills developed in the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) course. Using skills from IED, students use Autodesk Inventor and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment to produce actual three-dimensional models of their designs. Students are presented with multiple design problems that they must solve through the use of computer and machine automation using the same equipment found in the manufacturing world of today.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum
Grade 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Final project
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design

Engineering Design And Development

This course is designed for the student who is really interested in the engineering/technical field. Students apply their high school knowledge of math, science and technology into solving real-life engineering problems while integrating engineering, manufacturing, and business. Students work in small teams of two to four students to make a proto-type in solving a pre-existing engineering problem. Students are required to research, design, manufacture, test and sometimes break their engineering projects to achieve their answers. The problems involve a wide range of engineering challenges. (e.g. mediaeval catapults that throw basketballs and bowling balls, water/air cruise missile launchers or small ballista’s). Students maintain a web page portfolio of their work, which may be invaluable when they apply to college.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Final project
Prerequisites: Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering

Civil Engineering and Architecture

This course provides an overview of the fields of civil engineering and architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields to each other. Students use state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (Autodesk Revit) to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as; the roles of Civil Engineers and Architects, project planning, site planning, building design, model making, and project documentation and presentation.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Final project

Manufacturing Systems In Metal

In this systems course, students investigate the systems used in manufacturing and construction with metals, metal working tools, and industry standards. Hands-on problem solving laboratory experiences include: hot metal casting, forging, machine operations, sheet metal working, and welding. (TIG, MIG, and stick). These experiences expose students to a variety of processes and related careers. Laboratory activities include: the safe use of tools, machines, and other resources to: design products, process materials, organize for and produce manufactured products, and use manufacturing and construction techniques to build various products.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam

Materials Processing
Wood, Metal and Plastics

In this foundation course, students investigate systems used to process various materials including wood, metal, and plastic, in a laboratory setting. The importance of resources, materials, availability, tools and equipment used, technical knowledge, and safety considerations are covered in this course. Hands-on problem solving laboratory experiences include: procuring materials, as well as processing methods such as: shearing, chip removal, forming, casting, compressing/stretching, fastening, joining, and finishing processes. These experiences expose students to a variety of processes and related careers. Laboratory activities include: the safe use of tools, machines, and other resources to design products, process materials, organize for and produce manufactured products, and use manufacturing and construction techniques to build various products.
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam

Production Systems In Wood

In this systems course, students investigate the systems used to process natural wood resources into manufactured and constructed products. Hands-on problem solving laboratory experiences include: solid wood construction, machining, joinery, veneering, lamination, and finishing. These experiences expose students to a variety of processes and related careers. Laboratory activities include: the safe use of tools, machines, and other resources to: design products, process materials, organize for and produce manufactured products, and use manufacturing and construction techniques to build various products.
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam

 Production Systems In Wood 2
 
This is an advanced course that further develops students woodworking skills. Production Systems in Wood 2 is an in-depth and hands-on course dealing with the methods, tools, safety, materials, and careers associated with custom carpentry. Students will utilize advanced methods of processing, joining and forming, and incorporate them into the projects they design. Students will also explore the diverse physical properties of different types of woods and be exposed to their unique and diverse applications. Students will receive training on and experience safely operating high quality wood working tools and equipment. Students will be required to supply a portion of the hardwood materials used.
Grade  10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam
 

Residential Structures

In this hands-on course students investigate the materials, procedures, economics, and many systems used in the construction of residential dwellings and structures. Topics include; related careers, finances, supplies, tools, equipment, techniques, and safety considerations. Hands-on problem solving experiences include: safe use of tools and machines, construction of residential structure components, modeling, roofing, electrical and plumbing systems as well as insulation and window and door choices. Students are involved in the construction of a model structure. Current building code requirements are stressed in this course.
Grade  10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam

  Energy and Power

This course is a hands-on laboratory based course where testing and experimentation by students allows them to learn about forms, sources and resources of energy, systems of energy conversion, and how people use energy and energy management. Hands-on experiences include: construction and testing of various energy storage and conversion devices as well as alternative energy sources available now and in the future. Related careers, safe use of tools and machines and design processes are also discussed.
Grade  10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam

 
Robotics I
 
Students will learn to identify and understand the mechanical and electronic systems and subsystems that comprise a robot. Basic engineering and mechanics concepts will be explored as students work in teams to design and build robots from VEX robotics kits. Autonomous robots will be designed and assembled in support of learning basic programming skills in a C-language based format. Students enrolled in Robotics I will compete against other schools in robotics competitions.
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam
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