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Engineering Course Sequence

Engineering Department

Course Name

Grade Level

Course Description

Prerequisites and Credit Granted

6th Grade Engineering

 

6

Key Questions- What is engineering? What is a system? Why is an understanding of systems central to engineering?

 

Course Outline, Objectives and Major Projects/Foci

 

We will take a “hands on approach” to engineering and understanding what a system is and how engineers are part of and often create the systems in which we work and live. By interacting with the various parts of the system, to include observation, creation, assembly, disassembly and many more modes we will examine systems large and small, and systems that are themselves components of other systems.  We will also spend real time learning about and using tools, both as engineered systems themselves and as mechanisms that are essential (and need to be used correctly) to affect and create existing and future systems.

 

Major Projects/Foci

-          *The Engineering of Tools,

o   Hammer

o   Hand Drill

o   Saw

-          Drafting (Plan, Elevation, Section) ,

-          Cube Project (Design and construct a 4’x4’ cube that is precise in dimension),

-          Bridge Design and Construction (This will be explored in two media, digitally through the West Point Bridge Design Program, and tangibly, through drafting and design and construction).

 

 

*Each tool examination will end with a proficiency test by which you will demonstrate your knowledge of the tool and how to USE it.  Once you are deemed proficient in a tool use you will be able to add that tool to your tool box of equipment that you can use on all future projects where applicable.

 

As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:

1.      Evaluate and understand the components of a system,

2.      Use various tools proficiently,

3.      Learn to explore the world through an engineering lens both in and out of the classroom,

4.      Make connections between what is learned during class time and what is around you all the time,

5.      Complete several in-depth engineering projects that utilize the engineering creative/design process to answer provocative engineering questions and approach real world GRASPS (Goal, Role, Audience, Situation, Products or Performance, Standards) focused situations.

 

No Prerequisite

7th Grade Engineering

 

7

Key Questions - How do we apply math and science in Engineering?

 

Course Outline, Objectives and Major Projects/Foci

 

This course builds on your systems work in 6th grade.  Now that you know more about systems, we will specifically begin to focus on the mathematical and scientific principles at play in many common systems in the world around us. Specifically, we will examine the core concepts of capacity, buoyancy, force(s), tension, compression and load as essential and necessary components of engineering projects and continued GRASPS.  We will continue to take a “hands on approach” to engineering by interacting with the various parts of the system, to include observation, creation, assembly, disassembly and many more. We will add into our planning and design significant modeling (mathematical and other) that factors in physical constraints involved with each project.  We will also be looking ahead to the Future City Competition and brainstorming ways to use the concepts and skills we’ve addressed in both 6th and 7th grade in the engineering a much more complex system, an urban complex.  This fundamental work will provide the base from which work will begin in 8th grade engineering and continue through to high school.

 

Major Projects/Foci

-          *Continued Tool Proficiency work

-          Robotic Arm

-          Build Me a Boat – and Make It Float

 

*Each tool examination will end with a proficiency test by which you will demonstrate your knowledge of the tool and how to USE it.  Once you are deemed proficient in a tool use you will be able to add that tool to your tool box of equipment that you can use on all future projects where applicable.

 

As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:

1.      Evaluate and understand the components of a system,

2.      Use various tools proficiently,

3.      Make connections between what is learned during class time and what is around you all the time,

4.      Design and construct a model boat that meets very specific design constraints with regards to cost, volume and capacity,

5.      Design and construct a robotic arm (a complex system) that efficiently distributes force in order to accomplish a specified task,

6.      In general, complete several in-depth engineering projects that utilize the engineering creative/design process to answer provocative engineering questions and approach real world GRASPS (Goal, Role, Audience, Situation, Products or Performance, Standards) focused situations.

 

 

 

 

Prerequisite: 6th Grade Engineering

8th Grade Engineering

 

 

8

Key Questions What is Civil Engineering?  How Do I Design a City That Will Grow and Prosper?

What is Electricity?  What is Electronics?

 

Course Outline, Objectives and Major Projects/Foci

 

This course builds on your systems work in 6th and 7th grades.  Now that you know more about systems, and how to apply math and science to deliver engineered solutions to problems such as boat and bridge truss design, we will specifically begin to focus on large scale real world applications.   Specifically, we will examine how engineers design cities. We will continue to take a “hands on approach” to engineering by producing both digital and physical models. .  We will also continue spend real time learning about and using tools, both as engineered systems themselves and as mechanisms that are essential (and need to be used correctly) to affect and create existing and future systems.

 

Major Projects/Foci

-          *Continued Tool Proficiency work (including Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Construction)

-          Future Cities Competition

-          Introduction to Electricity and Electronics

 

*Each tool examination will end with a proficiency test by which you will demonstrate your knowledge of the tool and how to USE it.  Once you are deemed proficient in a tool use you will be able to add that tool to your tool box of equipment that you can use on all future projects where applicable.

 

As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:

1.      Evaluate and understand the components of a complex system (a city),

2.      Use various tools proficiently, including CAM devices such as a die cutter and 3D printer.

3.      Make connections between what is learned during class time and what is around you all the time,

4.      Design and construct a virtual and physical model city that meets very specific design constraints with regards to cost, volume and capacity,

5.      Design and construct basic electronic circuits.

6.      In general, complete several in-depth engineering projects that utilize the engineering creative/design process to answer provocative engineering questions and approach real world GRASPS (Goal, Role, Audience, Situation, Products or Performance, Standards) focused situations.

 

Prerequisite: 7th Grade Engineering

Computer Science

9

Developing fluency with computational concepts (i.e. assignment/memory, conditional execution, sequence/methods, loops, input/output, events, parallelism) and practices (i.e. iterative and incremental development, testing and debugging, reusing and remixing, abstracting and modularizing) by working on  self-directed projects.  Students will gain proficiency in several programming languages such as Scratch, Processing, Arduino, and Python.

No Prerequisite

 

2 HS CTE Credits

Principles of Engineering

10

Principles Of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering that will expose you to some of the major concepts that  you will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study.   You will have the opportunity to employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems and develop problem-solving skills and apply your knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. You will also learn how to document your work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

 

Prerequisite: 9th Grade Engineering

 

2 HS CTE Credits

Capstone Engineering

11

This course is intended to capitalize on the wide variety of engineering mechanisms and principles students have encountered in their education at CSS and beyond.  The course will be organized around both teacher and student initiated long term projects and will include specific instruction relevant to engineering in the following areas:

 

1.       Controlled feedback mechanism

2.       Statistics

3.       Entrepreneurship

4.       Marketing/Quality Control

5.       Career and Financial Management

 

Prerequisite: 10th Grade Engineering

 

2 HS CTE Credits

Senior Engineering

*12

Senior Engineering Requirements can be met in any number of ways:

 

1)       AP Physics C

2)       CU Course in Science and/or Engineering

3)       STEM Internship (credit bearing)

4)       Research and Project Work

(to include First Robotics)

 

*Students not participating in a Senior Engineering Project must be participating in a summative experience within an area of concentration, to include any of the core subjects and language or art.  These experiences can include additional CU or other college coursework, outside internship experience, and more.