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Digital Electronics (219903 A/B)
1 Credit Grade Level: 11th RECOMMENDED Prerequisites: IED, POE Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation. This course is very focused on digital circuits, logic, math skills, analytical, is hands on with building circuits and designing circuits on computers. Students need an interest in electronics, computers (how they work), programming and electricity.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (219905 A/B)
1 Credit Grade Level: 12th Prerequisites: IED, POE Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. This course would be the best general course after IED and POE, it's broad and includes many perspectives general STEM ed. Topics include--residential and commercial construction practices and CAD design. Civil Engineering is the broadest and most popular engineering field.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (219904 A/B)
1 Credit Grade Level: 12th Prerequisites: IED, POE Students answer the questions: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics and automation. The course is built around several key concepts: computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems. Students who enjoy robotics will enjoy this course--programming robot arms etc., CNC programming, design, programming, and building automated assembly lines.
Engineering Design and Development (219906 A/B)
1 Credit Grade Level: 12th Prerequisites: IED, POE (this course will be taken along with CIM or CEA) This is an engineering research course in which students will work in teams to research, design, test and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The product development life cycle and a design process are used to guide and help the team to reach a solution to the problem. The team presents and defends their solution to a panel of outside reviewers at the conclusion of the course. The EDD course allows students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead The Way courses. The use of 3D design software helps students design solutions to the problem their team has chosen. This course also engages students in time management and teamwork skills, a valuable set for students in the future. This a senior project class. They will solve an Engineering problem and develop a tangible product. The course takes them through a guided process to do so. Design Process, to research, to design, to develop a prototype, test, package, and pitch product idea like "Shark Tank” TV program. Students will use all the skills they have learned in PLTW classes.
Special Topics in Engineering ( 219917 A/B)
1 Credit Grade Level: 12th *Teacher Approval Required Special Topics in Engineering allows the teacher to develop a course for in-depth exploration of specific engineering topics. This is a laboratory-based course design to study an engineering challenge, and/or recent technological advancements such as alternative energy, transportation, or other energy related fields. This study should include how this advancement affects society and/or environment. A culminating project integrating one or more of the contexts of the field of engineering and the Kentucky Core Content is encouraged. It should include research, design, construction, analysis, writing, and presenting. Instruction should be enriched through participation in Kentucky Technology Student Association or other engineering-related organization. This may be 18 to 36 weeks in duration.
Vex Robotics (219917 A, B, C)
.5 Credit (Student may take Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and/or Trimester 3 during 3rd period) Prerequisites: IED, POE Grade Level: 11th or 12th In this course VEX Robotics teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, programming, construction skills, design process, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April! Students are highly recommended to be a part of school CTSO Career Technical Student Organization programs: TSA Club, VEX Robotics Team, and Skills USA. Course is offered all three trimesters A/B/C.