Pre-Engineering & STEM

The Pre-Engineering Department seeks to provide a variety of courses to expose students to the plethora of potential careers in the broad field of engineering.  Students will use their creativity as well as apply the knowledge they have gained through their science, technology, and mathematics past experiences.  Courses in the Pre-Engineering Department are project-based and emphasize problem-solving skills.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) courses will be offered as electives. STEM courses provide a holistic approach to teaching through a cross curricular approach to learning with integration of 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Currently, STEM I and STEM 2 are offered, and future courses will be developed.


Introduction to Robotics (College Prep)

C960CF/C960CS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to all students.

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the multi-disciplinary aspects of the field of Robotics Engineering which include the mechanics, electronics and programming involved in building a robot.

*Course Fee*


Competition Robotics (Academic)

C961AF/C961AS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Robotics. Course available fall or spring, depending on competition season. May be taken all four years

Course Description:
Students will design and build robotic systems using drive trains, electrical boards, lift mechanisms and other components. A requirement of the course is participation in robotics competitions.

*Course Fee*


Competition Robotics (Honors)

C961XF/C961XS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Robotics. Course available fall or spring, depending on competition season. May be taken all four years.

Course Description:
In addition to meeting all the requirements of the Competition Robotics Academic level course, student may take this course at an Honors level by completing some additional work. This would involve students making an Honors Project at the end of each Unit, utilizing the concepts they learned in that Unit. A student interested in Competition Robotics (Honors) will be required to sign a 360 Academic Level Contract which requires the permission of the students’ parent/guardian and the course instructor.

*Course Fee*


Pre-Engineering I (Academic)

C965AF/C965AS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to all students. Ruler and scientific calculator required.

Course Description:
This project-based course emphasizes engineering design process, design with CAD software, strength of materials and structures, scale and proportion, solid modeling, bridge design , project management, and human factors. A formal presentations are required at the completion of major group projects.

*Course Fee*


Pre-Engineering II (Academic)

C966AS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Algebra 1 and geometry. (Pre-engineering 1 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.) Ruler and scientific calculator required.

Course Description:
This project-based course surveys a variety of engineering disciplines and may include projects in: physics-based mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and thermodynamics, audio and sound engineering, biomedical engineering, advanced CAD techniques. Formal presentations are required at the conclusion of major projects.

*Course Fee*


Pre-Engineering III (Academic)

C967AF/C967AS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Algebra 1 and geometry. Scientific calculator required.

Course Description:
This project-based course surveys a variety of engineering disciplines and may include projects in: electrical engineering circuits, environmental engineering and natural resources, materials science engineering, and advanced CAD techniques and 3D printing. Formal presentations are required at the conclusion of major projects.

*Course Fee*


STEM I (College Prep)

C970CF/C970CS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
None.

Course Description:
Students will work in teams on a daily basis to solve problems and challenges grounded in the real world in STEM disciplines. Topics include: an introduction and exposure to a multitude and variety of STEM careers, an overview of the Design Thinking Process, and learning and applying the STEM Habits of Mind (critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, entrepreneurialism, and leadership) in order to find timely solutions to relevant problems. Innovation will be emphasized through the development, marketing, and presentation of a new product, as will the application of knowledge and skills acquired through previous and concurrent science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiences. This course may be taken for academic credit by those students interested in extending the projects and delving more deeply into the problems in order to find more sophisticated solutions. While completing this additional coursework, students seeking academic credit will be expected to assume leadership roles in guiding group work.


STEM I (Academic)

C970AF/C970AS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
None.

Course Description:
Students will work in teams on a daily basis to solve problems and challenges grounded in the real world in STEM disciplines. Topics include: an introduction and exposure to a multitude and variety of STEM careers, an overview of the Engineering Design Process, and learning and applying the STEM Habits of Mind (critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, entrepreneurialism, and leadership) in order to find timely solutions to relevant problems. Innovation will be emphasized through the development, marketing, and presentation of a new product, as will the application of knowledge and skills acquired through previous and concurrent science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiences. This course may be taken for academic credit by those students interested in extending the projects and delving more deeply into the problems in order to find more sophisticated solutions. While completing this additional coursework, students seeking academic credit will be expected to assume leadership roles in guiding group work.

*Course Fee*


STEM II (College Prep)

C971CF/C971CW                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Must have taken STEM I. For students in a College Prep Math class.

Course Description:
Students will work in teams on a daily basis to solve problems and challenges grounded in the real world in STEM disciplines. Topics include: continued exposure to a multitude and variety of STEM careers, continued utilization of the Design Thinking Process, and continued application of the STEM Habits of Mind (critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, entrepreneurialism, and leadership) in order to find timely solutions to relevant problems. Innovation will be emphasized through the development, marketing, and presentation of a new product. Community involvement will be emphasized, as students will work in teams to identify a STEM-related community issue, investigate it, and develop a potential solution while working with community partners. This course may be taken for college prep credit by those students interested in extending the projects and delving more deeply into the problems in order to find more sophisticated solutions. While completing this additional coursework, students seeking academic credit will be expected to assume leadership roles in guiding group work.


STEM II (Academic)

C971AF/C971AS                   1 Semester                 1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Must have taken STEM I. For students in an Academic or Honors Math class.

Course Description:
Students will work in teams on a daily basis to solve problems and challenges grounded in the real world in STEM disciplines. Topics include: continued exposure to a multitude and variety of STEM careers, continued utilization of the Design Thinking Process, and continued application of the STEM Habits of Mind (critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, entrepreneurialism, and leadership) in order to find timely solutions to relevant problems. Innovation will be emphasized through the development, marketing, and presentation of a new product. Community involvement will be emphasized, as students will work in teams to identify a STEM-related community issue, investigate it, and develop a potential solution while working with community partners. This course may be taken for academic credit by those students interested in extending the projects and delving more deeply into the problems in order to find more sophisticated solutions. While completing this additional coursework, students seeking academic credit will be expected to assume leadership roles in guiding group work.

*Course Fee*