Principles of Engineering and Technology is a foundational course for students interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology. This course covers basic skills required for engineering and technology fields of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to identify and explain the steps in the engineering design process. They can evaluate an existing engineering design, use fundamental sketching and engineering drawing techniques including CAD software to create three dimensional drawings, complete simple design projects using the engineering design process, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.
Prerequisite: Level 1 of the Engineering Pathway
Engineering Design I extends the design process, sketching and CAD skills learned in POE by solving real world problems. The student will explore mechanical engineering concepts through challenging machine design projects. They will also be able to identify simple and complex machines; calculate various ratios related to mechanisms; explain fundamental concepts related to energy; and understand Ohm’s Law. The final team project will introduce architecture CAD software to design a handicap accessible Habitat for Humanity house.
Prerequisite: Levels 1-2 of the Engineering Pathway
Engineering Design II is a fundamental course in the STEM cluster for students interested in developing their skills in preparation for careers in engineering and technology. The course covers essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for postsecondary engineering and technology fields of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to describe various engineering disciplines, as well as admissions requirements for postsecondary engineering and engineering technology programs in Tennessee. Engineering systems are studied including machine control (programming), Fluid mechanics, and Materials and Mechanical Properties. The final team project will be an engineering problem that will use architecture CAD software to design buildings, roads, bridges, and landscape to meet a need of the community. It will include calculating forces in statics and studying engineering ethics, economics, and social and environmental impacts of the project.
Engineering Design Practicum (12)
Prerequisite: Levels 1-3 of the Engineering Pathway
Engineering Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Engineering courses within a professional, working environment. In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by engineers and technologists in the workplace, students learn to refine their skills in problem solving, research, communication, data analysis, teamwork, and project management. The course is highly customizable to meet local system needs: instruction may be delivered through school laboratory training or through work-based learning arrangements such as internships, cooperative education, service learning, mentoring, and job shadowing. Upon completion of the practicum, students will be prepared for postsecondary study in engineering and technology fields.
Computer Science Principles / Advanced Placement (11-12)
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. In this course, students will learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They will incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students will also explain how computing innovations and computing systems, including the Internet, work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical. It is important to note that the AP Computer Science Principles course does not have a designated programming language. Teachers have the flexibility to choose a programming language(s) that is most appropriate for their students to use in the classroom.
Computer Science A / Advanced Placement (11-12)
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Computer Science A AP is a course intended to provide students with exposure to various information technology occupations and pathways such as Networking Systems, Coding, Web Design, and Cybersecurity. As a result, students will complete all core standards, as well as standards in two of four focus areas. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to describe various information technology (IT) occupations and professional organizations. Moreover, they will be able to demonstrate logical thought processes and discuss the social, legal, and ethical issues encountered in the IT profession. Depending on the focus area, proficient students will also demonstrate an understanding of electronics and basic digital theory; project management and teamwork; client relations; causes and prevention of Internet security breaches; and writing styles appropriate for web publication. Upon completion of the CSF course, students will be prepared to make an informed decision about which Information Technology program of study to pursue.