PLTW: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Teacher Information:

Mr. Alex Mak

Availability By Appointment:

  • 7:30am M, W, F
  • 2nd, 4th, 5th

Degrees:

  • Bachelor's in Technology Education from Illinois State University in 2011
  • Master's in STEM Education & Leadership from Illinois State University expected graduation 2020.

Mr. Matthew Schwenk

Availability By Appointment:

  • 7:30am M, W, F
  • 3rd, 5th, 8th

Degrees:

  • Bachelor's in Technology Education from Illinois State University in 2011
  • Master's in Educational Technology & Leadership from Concordia University Chicago expected graduation in 2019.

About IED

Introduction to Engineering Design is a full-year course available to all students. In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will then use high tech equipment including 3D printers, a laser engraver and cnc router to produce their solutions. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, collaboration skills, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Students may receive college credit and/ or advanced standing for successful completion of this course and a cumulative exam.

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