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Peter Grul

Intro to Engineering Design, Robotics

Mark LeFeber

Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufactuing, Digital Electronics

Kris Rome

Digital Photography 1, Career Readiness Seminar


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CAREER & TECH ED COURSE OFFERINGS (College credit available for most courses)

Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

The major focus of the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) course is a long-term project that involves the development of a local property site. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of this property. Students will use the software Autodesk-Revit, to help them design solutions to solve their major course project. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture. This course of study includes:
  • The roles of Civil Engineers and Architects
  • Project planning
  • Site planning
  • Building design
  • Project documentation and presentation
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course is an introductory course that develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis on the concept of designing 3-dimentional models using the 3-D software Autodesk – Inventor. This course teaches students to:
  • Understand and apply the design process to solve various problems in a team setting;
  • Apply adaptive design concepts in developing sketches, features, parts and assemblies;
  • Interpret their own sketches in using computer software to design models;
  • Understand mass property calculations-such as volume, density, mass, surface area, moment of inertia, product of inertia, radii of gyration, principal axis and principle moments-and how they are used to evaluate a parametric model;
  • Understand cost analysis, quality control, staffing needs, packing and product marketing;
  • Explore career opportunities in design engineering and understand what skills and education these jobs require; and
  • Develop portfolios to display their designs and present them properly to peers, instructors and professionals.
Grades 10-12
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 & Geometry
This course provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by tackling real-world engineering problems. Through theory and practical hands-on experiences, students address the emerging social and political consequences of technological change. The course of study includes:
Understand and apply the design process to solve various problems in a team setting;
  • Overview and Perspective of Engineering. Students learn about the types of engineers and their contributions to society.
  • Design Process. Students learn about problem solving and how products are developed to include how engineers work in teams.
  • Communication and Documentation. Students collect and categorize data, produce graphic representations, keep an engineer’s notebook and make written and oral presentations.
  • Engineering Systems. Students learn about the mechanical, electrical, fluid and pneumatic and control systems.
  • Statics. Students learn about measurement, scalars and vectors, equilibrium, structural analysis, and strength of materials.
  • Materials and Materials Testing. Students learn the categories and properties of materials, how materials are shaped and joined, and material testing.
  • Thermodynamics. Students will learn about units and forms of energy, energy conversion, cycles, efficiency and energy loss, and conservation techniques.
  • Engineering Quality and Reliability. Students will use precision measurement tools to gather and apply statistics for quality and process control. Students will also learn about reliability, redundancy, risk analysis, factors of safety, and liability and ethics.
  • Dynamics. Students will be introduced to linear and trajectory motion.
Grades 10-12
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 & Geometry, IED or POE
How are things made? What processes go into creating products? 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. CIM is one of the specialization courses in the Project Lead The Way high school engineering program..
The course of study includes:
  • Principles of Manufacturing. Manufacturing is a series of interrelated activities and operations that involve product design, planning, producing, and materials. Manufacturing as an enterprise is essential to a healthy economy
  • Manufacturing Processes. Machine code is an essential tool used to communicate with some machines. Prototyping is a major step in the design cycle of manufactured goods and has been greatly advanced with the advent and use of rapid prototyping processes. Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) programming tools make it possible to manufacture physical models using Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. 
  • Elements of Automation. Robots are widely used in industry to assist in the production of manufactured goods. Basic programming skills include variable declaration, loops, and debugging.
  • Integration of Manufacturing Elements. Flowcharting can be used to illustrate the overall phases of the product development process.
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.


ROBOTICS (college credit not available) [91639]
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

The 4th R in education, our Robotics class integrates math, science, and writing in an engaging and creative way. Students build and program Lego EV3 robots to solve problems, do experiments and participate in friendly competitions. This course is based on Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Engineering curriculum volumes 1 and 2.
Grades 9-12
Pre-requisite: None
Students will explore photo careers, history, shots, strategies, and visual storytelling, with a grounding in traditional and post-modern art theories, while developing 21st century career and college skills.
Grades 9-12
Pre-requisite: Photo 1 or experience.
Grades 9-12
Pre-requisite: None
Students will explore graphic design careers, history, media strategies, layout for 2D and 3D, and the design cycle, with a grounding in traditional and post-modern art theories, while developing 21st century career and college skills.