PLTW – IED Syllabus 2019 - 2020



Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level course that is appropriate for 9th or 10th grade students who are interested in design and engineering or another technical career. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to a design process, professional communication and collaboration methods, design ethics, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills in research and analysis, teamwork, engineering graphics, and problem solving through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills and creative abilities while applying math, science, and technology knowledge learned in other courses to solve engineering design problems and communicate their solutions. IED also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, an ultimate goal of education. No previous knowledge is assumed, but students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses in order to facilitate the use and understanding of appropriate math and science concepts necessary for the successful completion of IED coursework. In addition, students will use industry standard 3D solid modeling software to facilitate the design and documentation of their solutions to design problems and challenges. As the course progresses and the complexity of the design problems increase students will learn more advanced computer modeling skills as they become more independent in their learning, more professional in their collaboration and communication, and more experienced in problem solving. Introduction to Engineering Design is one of the foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way, Pathway to Engineering high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.  

ied,poe, sept 2019 - current march 15 , 2020

Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.
  1. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  2. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  3. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  4. Collaborate with team members.
  5. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  6. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  7. Manage time and resources.
  8. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  9. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  11. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  12. Demonstrate professionalism.
  13. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  14. Demonstrate workplace safety.
  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.
  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.
  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.

Mark Smaltz

Room - 1404

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