Engineering Academy


    Pathway Sequence:

    Engineering and Architecture Sector

     Course Descriptions:

    Introduction to Engineering Design: This course is designed to generate an interest in engineering and related occupations as career goals and expose students to the associated technologies through hands-on instruction and problem-solving activities. Scientific principles, mathematical concepts, and communication skills are taught through an activity oriented approach. Robotics, electronics, manufacturing processes, pneumatics, mechanisms, and computer design technologies will be explored by students. Student teams will progress through an articulated modular instructional system. This course is UC “g” (college preparatory elective) approved. 

    Principles of Engineering: Designed for 10th grade students who explore a broad range of engineering topics, including engineering achievements throughout history, career fields in engineering, mechanisms, energy and power, materials and structures, sketching techniques, automation, statistics, and kinematics. Students develop problem-solving skills as they complete research and design projects to create solutions to various engineering problems. Students document their work in the Engineering Notebook, and create a Professional Portfolio communicate their solutions and newly acquired skills to peers and members of the professional community. This course is UC “g” (college preparatory elective) approved. (Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design) 

    Digital Electronics: Students investigate the digital circuit design process to create circuits and present solutions that can improve people’s lives. Digital Electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc. In contrast to analog electronics, where information is represented by a continuously varying voltage, digital signals are represented by two discrete voltages or logic levels.  The major focus of the Digital Electronics course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation. This course is UC “g” (college preparatory elective) approved.  

    Engineering Design and Development: This course 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 engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. This course is UC “g” (college preparatory elective) approved. (Prerequisite: Digital Electronics) 

    For more information contact the Career Counseling office. Click here for the link to the Career Counseling webpage. 

     Links to more information: 

    Click here for the CTE course manual.

    Click here for the link to AHS Engineering Academy