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Engineering - Project Lead the Way

Instructor: David Hoskins

Look around. Most everything you see - from the cell phone you use to the car you drive to the buildings you walk through - has to be designed. Design is an important step in the process from idea to reality. Students in this hands-on program learn to use creativity, problem solving, and technical skill to make this happen.

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) - Students will be exposed to the engineering careers while taking Project Lead the Way's foundation course Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), with college credit possible. In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to design solutions to proposed problems. Students will learn to document their work in an engineering notebook and communicate solutions to peers and professionals. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. (21006A001)

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) -

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

The major focus of the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) course is completing long-term civil engineering and architecture projects that involve the development of property sites, applying what they learn to the design and development of a property. The course provides teachers and students freedom to develop the property to simulate the experiences of civil engineers and architects. Students work in teams, exploring hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to design solutions to major course projects. Students learn to document their project, solving problems and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and successful completion or concurrent enrollment of Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA).

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, ready to take on any postsecondary program or career. It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process. Students will perform research to select, define, and justify a problem. After carefully defining the design requirements and creating multiple solution approaches, teams of students select an approach, create, and test their solution prototype. Student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process. Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the PLTW foundation courses.

Students in this Engineering program are expected to participate in routine activities on a daily basis that foster the development of movement skills and enhance health-related fitness.  

Please click on the link below to view Mr. Hoskins' Bio:

Mr. Hoskins' Bio

Mr. Hoskins can be reached at (815) 786-9873, extension 238 or via e-mail at DHoskins@ivvc.net.

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