Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. In addition, the development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving--including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling--are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented. Prerequisite: Math grade for previous academic year: B or higher for both semesters of Pre-Algebra, OR C or higher for both semesters of Algebra I, OR teacher recommendation. (One-credit, one-year practical art elective for grades 9-12.)
Introduction to Engineering Design is the first course in the engineering pathways at Carl Junction High School. For their second year, students may take Principles of Engineering,Civil Engineering & Architecture, or both. Students who choose to take Principles of Engineering may then take Computer Integrated Manufacturing the following year.