PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design



PLTW-Intro to Engineering & Design (IED):

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a course that is appropriate for students who are interested in design and engineering or another technical career. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to a design process, professional communication and collaboration methods, design ethics, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills in research and analysis, teamwork, technical writing, engineering graphics, and problem solving through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills and creative abilities while applying math, science, and technical knowledge learned in other courses to solve engineering design problems and communicate their solutions. IED also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, an ultimate goal of education.

No previous knowledge is assumed, but students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses in order to facilitate the use and understanding of appropriate math and science concepts necessary for the successful completion of IED coursework. In addition, students will use industry standard 3D solid modeling software to facilitate the design and documentation of their solutions to design problems and challenges. As the course progresses and the complexity of the design problems increase students will learn more advanced computer modeling skills as they become more independent in their learning, more professional in their collaboration and communication, and more experienced in problem solving.

Introduction to Engineering Design is one of the 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.

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The course of study includes:

  • Design Process
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Technical Sketching and Drawing
  • Product Design
  • ​Engineering Documentation and Drawing Standards
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Measurement and Statistical Analysis
  • Virtual Design Teams
  • Presentation Design & Delivery
  • Applied Geometry
  • 3D CAD Solid Modeling & Printing

The class is using Google Classroom. If you would like to keep track of what is going on in the classroom you have some choices. All the assignment due dates will be shown on the class calendar. If you would like be added to the class as a Guardian please fill out the form below. For more information click on the link.

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