• Introduction to Engineering and Design Syllabus

    Course Description:

    Introduction to Engineering Design is a foundational course developed by Project Lead The Way®, a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. This year-long course uses a design development process while enriching problem­-solving skills. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life.

    Course Outline:

    Introduction to Design

    This unit emphasizes the evolution and history of design, the steps in a design process, the importance of proper sketching techniques, measurement and tools used in design, and the use of those tools and techniques to innovate or invent solutions to problems. Students will be introduced to a variety of skill building opportunities that will enhance their design skills and prepare them for the remaining units in this course.

    Design Solutions

    Students advance their design skills in the area of geometric shapes and solids, dimensioning, and using our 3D modeling software, Inventor. Students will learn how to calculate area and properties of solids. They will be introduced to working in teams and what it takes to come to a consensus. The unit will end with students using the design process to create a solution to a prescribed problem.

    Reverse Engineering

    Reverse Engineering is an important process in the redesign of products. Designers get an opportunity to breakdown and analyze each part of the product to see how they operate.

    The process of Reverse Engineering involves analyzing the product’s function, structure, and visual elements. In this unit, students will get an opportunity to visit all three aspects of a product. They will use the information learned during these procedures and suggest possible changes they would make to improve a product.

    Design Problems

    This unit is designed to combine and utilize the knowledge and information learned in the previous units in an open-ended design problem. Students will apply the design process to create a solution to a problem that currently exists. Students will also learn that by-products are created as a result of the solution, and what impacts they have on the environment and society.

    Course Expectations:

    • Be on time.  When the bell rings you are in your seat and ready to work
    • Be courteous.  I do not put up with ill behavior.  Act accordingly.
    • Follow school rules.  All school policies explained in you handbook apply.  No gum, hats or anything else that takes away from our learning environment.
    • Be prepared.  Bring the needed materials with you.  Be a positive influence.  Help each other out.
    • Raise you hand.  When you have something to say, raise your hand.  I do not tolerate talking during the hour and a half.
    • You are in a room with very expensive equipment; treat it with respect at all times.  If you abuse this privilege you will not have the opportunity to use the computers and equipment in the future.


    Your assignments will be given a point total and you quarter grade will be based on the total number of points you achieve on tests (30%), quizzes(10%), projects (40%) and daily work(20%).

    Grading Scale:

    100% -  90%    A     
    89%  -    80%   B
    79%  -     70%  C
    69%  -    60%   D
    59% Or Less     F
Last Modified on August 19, 2015