School of Engineering

 

 

 

Project Lead the Way EngineeringTM.  From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.  PLTW Engineering courses are part of the AP + PLTW engineering pathway.

Engineering Pathway at JFK 9th or 10th 10th or 11th    11th or 12th   12th  
CareerCapstone Graduation Requirements

•    Complete 4 semesters (C- or higher) within the pathway (CareerLaunch may count for 1 semester)

•    Career Portfolio

•       Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD or CADD or SolidWorks

PLTW

Introduction to

Engineering Design

PLTW

Principles of

Engineering

PLTW

Digital

Electronics

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Engineering

Design Practicum  

PLTW

Engineering Design and Development

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Engineering Design Practicum

Beginning in Year 2 or 3 students can obtain industry credential

(CareerCapstone Graduation Requirement)

Autodesk Inventor

-or-

AutoCAD²

-or-

Solidworks²

2To earn a industry credential student take two semester of CAD 101 and 102 then 2 semesters of Solidworks through Red Rocks Community College concurrent enrollment.   

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Engineering IED:  students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real-world problems.  Students work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks. In addition, students learn and used Inventor 3D modeling software to develop prototypes.

Principles of Engineering POE:  is a survey course of engineering for High School students. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. In Principles of Engineering (PoE) Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Engineering Design Practicum: is a project based year long course that takes a look at renewable energy generation, transmission, distribution and infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world”.  Students explore their own area of interests in the Energy Sector through research, then apply new concepts to a personal project around their chosen topic.  

 

Digital Electronics: is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals as opposed to analog signals that are varying. This distinction allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world electronics. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation Digital Electronics is one of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

AutoCAD 101 & 102: Focuses on basic computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes file management, Cartesian coordinate system & dynamic input, drawing templates, drawing aids, linetype and lineweights, layer usage, drawing & editing geometric objects, polylines & splines, array, text applications, creating tables, basic dimensioning and Help access.

Engineering Design Development: is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research  course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solution. Finally, student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with a community mentor and experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.

Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path.  EDD should be taken as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills from the PLTW foundation courses.

Clubs

Robotics Club – Students lead club with the objective of participating in local engineering robotics challenges.  In addition, the club explores the components of robotics including, cortex, sensors, motors and VEX structures. In the spring we compete in the Solar Roller Competition.