Academy of Engineering Courses

Sample Four Year Plan

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English:
English 9/Honors
English:
English 10/Honors
English:
English 11/Honors/AP
English:
English 12/Honors/AP
Mathematics:
Algebra 1
or
Geometry/Honors
or
Algebra 2 w/Analysis
Mathematics:
Geometry/Honors
or
Algebra 2 w/Analysis
or
Precalculus w/Analysis
Mathematics:
Algebra 2
or
Algebra 2 w/Analysis
or
Precalculus w/Analysis
or
Statistical & Mathematical Modeling
or
AP Calculus BC
Mathematics:
Statistics
or
Precalculus w/Analysis
or
AP Calculus AB
or
AP Calculus BC
or
AP Statistics
or
College Level Math Beyond AP Calculus
Social Studies:
U.S. History/Honors
Social Studies:
National, State & Local Government/Honors/AP
Social Studies:
Modern World History/Honors/AP
Social Studies
AP Social Studies
or
Academy/Elective Coursework
Science:
Matter & Energy/Honors
or
Biology/Honors
or
Physics/Honors
Science:
Biology/Honors
or
Chemistry/Honors
Science:
Chemistry/Honors/AP
or
Physics/Honors/AP
or
Biology/Honors/AP
Science:
Physics/Honors
or
AP Science course
or
Academy/Elective Coursework
Foreign Language Foreign Language Foreign Language Foreign Language
Connections
and
Physical Education  
Physical Education
and
Health  
Civil Engineering and Architecture Academy/Elective Coursework
Principles of Engineering*
or
Introduction to Engineering Design*  
Introduction to Engineering Design* Digital Electronics* Engineering Design Development*

 

* Required Academy Coursework

Academy Coursework (choose from among the following):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bio-engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications Engineering

Foreign Language (choose one language):

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Elective Coursework (choose as needed):

  • Technology/Computer Science
  • Fine Arts/Music
  • Physical Education

Course Descriptions

Principles of Engineering - Grades 9 -12 (5150/5151)

Is a broad-based survey course to help students understand engineering and engineering technology and identify career possibilities. 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. Concurrent enrollment of Algebra 1 or higher recommended. (Technology Education Credit)

Introduction to Engineering Design - Grades 10 -12 (5152/5153)

Is an introductory course that develops students' problem-solving skills, with emphasis on visualization and communication skills using a computer and a 3-D solid modeling software. This course emphasizes the development of a design. Students use computer software to produce, analyze, and evaluate models of projects and solutions. They study the design concepts of form and function, and then use state-of-the-art technology to translate conceptual design into reproducible products. Concurrent enrollment of Geometry or higher recommended. (Technology Education Credit, Certificate of Merit)

Civil Engineering and Architecture - Grades 10 -12 (4255/4256)

This course provides an overview of the fields of civil engineering and architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and interdependence of both fields. Students use state-of-the-art software 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 and Engineering Design; and Project Documentation and Presentation.

Digital Electronics - Grades 10 -12 (5156/5157)

Is a course of study in applied digital logic using electronic logic circuits that first are designed and then tested using the latest computer-logic modeling technology. This course introduces students to applied digital logic, a key element of careers in engineering and engineering technology. This course explores the smart circuits found in watches, calculators, video games, and computers. Students use industry-standard computer software in testing and analyzing digital circuitry. They design circuits to solve problems, and use appropriate components to build their designs. Students use mathematics and science in solving real-world engineering problems. Concurrent enrollment of Algebra 2 or higher recommended. (Program Completer,Certificate of Merit, Honors)

Computer Integrated Manufacturing - Grades 11 -12 (5154/5155)

Is a specialized course within the Engineering Academy. This course teaches the fundamentals of computerized manufacturing technology. It builds on the solid-modeling skills developed in the Introduction to Engineering Design Course. Students use 3-D computer software to solve design problems. They assess their solutions through the relationship of design, function and materials, modify their designs, and use prototyping equipment to produce 3-D models. This course can be taken concurrently with Digital Electronics and articulates for college credit. (Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design)

Engineering Design Development - Grade 12 (5158/5159)M

Is the capstone course for students in the Academy of Engineering. Students are required to work in two-to-four person teams that research an open-ended problem and then design and construct a solution to it. Each team must submit progress reports and a final research paper. The team members then defend the solution with an oral presentation before an outside review panel. This course lets students apply what they have learned in academic and advanced engineering courses as they complete challenging, self directed projects. Students work in teams to design and build solutions to authentic engineering problems. An engineer from the school's partnership team monitors each student team. Examples of projects may include a robotic mascot for the school, a remote-controlled hovercraft, or a solar-powered device. Students keep journals of notes, sketches, mathematical calculations, and scientific research. Student teams make progress reports to their peers, mentor and instructor and exchange constructive criticism and consultation. At the end of the course, teams present their research paper and defend their projects to a panel of engineers, business leaders and engineer college educators for a professional review and feedback. This course equips students with the independent study skills that they will need in postsecondary education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. (Program Completer, Certificate  of Merit, Honors)