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Introduction to Engineering Design/DDP

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) develops students’ problem-solving skills, with emphasis on developing proficiency with 3-D CAD modeling software. Students will apply the engineering design process in an effort to design products in an efficient, detail-oriented manner. Students will have the opportunity to create products that utilize 3D printers, laser cutters and traditional wood and metal working tools. At the end of the course, students will take the Project Lead The Way End of Course Assessment. College credit to Rochester Institute of Technology can be earned based on the student’s class average and PLTW End of Course Assessment score. 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

*Course satisfies the Arts graduation requirement

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. The course builds upon the solid computer 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. At the end of the course, students will take the Project Lead The Way End of Course Assessment that will count as a 4th marking period grade. College credit to Rochester Institute of Technology can be earned on this course based on the student class average and PLTW End of Course Assessment score.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum Grade 10, 11, 12
Full year subject 1 unit of credit Final project
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design

Principles of Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering and engineering technology topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, electricity, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. In addition, students explore engineering ethics and their consequences. Students considering this course should have a working knowledge of math and science concepts. At the end of the course, students will take the Project Lead The Way End of Course Assessment that will count as a 4th marking period grade. College credit to Rochester Institute of Technology can be earned on this course based on the student class average and PLTW End of Course Assessment score.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum Grade 10, 11, 12
Full year subject 1 unit of credit School exam

Engineering Design and Development

This course is designed for the student who is interested in entering the engineering/technical field. Students apply their high school knowledge of math, science, and technology to solve real-life engineering problems while integrating engineering, manufacturing, and business skills. Students work in small group teams of two to four students. The student will research, design, build, test, redesign until the problem has been solved. Design problems involve a wide range of engineering challenges (e.g., medieval trebuchets, kites, rockets, water/air missiles, to name a few). Students must maintain a portfolio of their work, which readies them for any post-secondary program or career. The course is heavy into Excel, which the students will learn throughout the year.
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

Civil Engineering and Architecture students learn through hands-on projects and activities the important aspects of building design, site design and development. Students apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software (Autodesk Revit). This course provides an overview of the fields of civil engineering and architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. At the end of the course, students will take the Project Lead The Way End of Course Assessment that will count as a 4th marking period grade. College credit to Rochester Institute of Technology can be earned on this course based on the student class average and PLTW End of Course Assessment score.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject 1 unit of credit Final project

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics is a foundation course in applied digital logic, which can be found in every discipline of Engineering. 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. Students will design circuits that are found in real-world applications and export their designs to a Breadboard or an FPGA Board (Field-Programmable Gate Array.) Students are also introduced to micro-controllers using basic programming skills. At the end of the course, students will take the Project Lead The Way End of Course Assessment that will count as a 4th marking period grade. College credit to Rochester Institute of Technology can be earned on this course based on the student class average and PLTW End of Course Assessment score.
A Project Lead The Way Curriculum Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject 1 unit of credit
School Project, PTLW exam
Prerequisite: Currently taken or enrolled in Math Algebra 2/Trig