Introduction to Engineering

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Teacher: Tom Robinson
Date/Time: Monday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 11th, 12th
Department: Other Electives
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 20

This is a year-long course and will cover a broad range of engineering disciplines with the goal of exposing students to the learning and career opportunities within various fields of engineering.   Students will be exposed to basic concepts and core engineering principles in fields including: civil engineering, structural engineering, water resources engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. An Engineering Design module will also introduce students to the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD) that will be incorporated into learned disciplines. Students will make in class presentations and receive assistance on writing and reviewing technical reports and resumes.

Classes are designed to cover different engineering disciplines in 4-5 week units, with each unit containing instruction, hands on learning experiences, individual and group projects, and a guest lecturer with working expertise in that discipline.

Classes will meet once a week for 1.5 hours and once a quarter, and students will be given the additional opportunity to meet off-site and tour an engineering facility (including a major construction site, an automotive plant, a traffic control center and a wastewater treatment center) where students can see and hear about great engineering feats that serve the broad populous and to understand how they are built, operated and maintained. There will also be an opportunity for students to “shadow an engineer” one afternoon at an engineering firm to see how engineers work.

Technology Requirements:  Students will need access to a computer to run CAD, PowerPoint and

other engineering software; Laptop to bring to class ideal but not required

Textbook:  CK-12 Engineering:  An introduction for High School (provided in class at no extra cost)

Tuition: $75 for 9 months

Supply Fee: $75 (onetime fee for copies and project materials)

Min/Max Students: 8/20​