Engineering Design & Development Course Curriculum

  • Course Description:

    Working in teams, students will be responsible for the design and construction of a solution to an engineering problems applying principles learned in Engineering Drafting and Foundations of Technology I and II.

    Class meets 5 times a week - Full Year Course

    1 credit (elective)

    Prerequisite: Any two of the following courses: Foundations of Technology II, Introduction to Drafting and Design, Manufacturing Technology

    Textbook(s) & Reference Materials:

    • Pennsylvania Department of Education Recommended Lab Safety Procedures Manual
    • Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Manual
    • FIRST Robovation – A primer for Success Learning Modules
    • On-Line resources
    • Various Hand & Machine Tools
    • Safety Glasses
    • Various materials for class project

    Course Content:

    • What is engineering?
      • Define engineering.
      • Give a brief history of engineering.
      • Describe the historical background, contributions, and problems of using engineering technologies and how these activities affect individuals, society, and the environment.
    • Product Design and Development
      • How is the design process used to create products?
      • Describe the nature, characteristics, classifications, and properties of common engineering materials.
      • Explain various methods used to process raw materials into industrial and consumer products.
      • Develop, refine, evaluate, and select product ideas that address engineering needs and opportunities.
    • Machine Tool Safety
      • What are the primary lab safety rules?
      • What are the primary machine tool safety rules?
    • 3-D Modeling and Computer design
      • What is the advantage of 3D computer models over traditional models?
      • How can 3D computer models be used in the design process?
      • What types of careers are available to engineers?
    • Advanced Materials Processes
      • What is Rapid Prototyping?
      • How does a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine assist in the product design process?
      • What are the advantages of using CNC technology to create products?
      • What are the types of materials available for CNC product design?
    • Robotics
      • Define robotics.
      • Give a brief history of robotics.
      • Describe the historical background, contributions, and problems of using robotics technologies and how these activities affect individuals, society, and the environment.
      • What types of careers are available in robotics?
    • Robotics Sub-systems
      • Mechanical Design Principles
      • Electrical Design Principles
      • Pneumatic Design Principles
      • Using "C" programming for robotics

    Course Requirements:

    All students must understand and follow classroom safety policies. Each student is required to complete all projects, assignments, and tests. Failure to do so will affect the student’s grade

    Grade Components/Assessments:

    Grades will be based on a point system that will be converted into overall percentages. The following methods will be used to assess and evaluate student performance.

    * Projects: 70%
    * Quizzes: 15%
    * Participation:15%

    Most activities and projects will be completed in class du4e to the nature of the equipment and technology being studied. Students are required to discuss with the teacher methods for making up missed class time.Students are required to follow all lab safety guidelines. Severe infractions of class safety rules may result in dismissal from class.

    Alternative Assessments:

    Technology classes are primarily project-based, which is considered an alternative assessment technique. In addition to class projects, students are required to complete the following:

    Student Portfolio

    Students are required to maintain a portfolio to include notes, handouts, drawings, and miscellaneous information provided by the teacher.

    Personal Safety Plan/Contract

    Each student will develop a safety contract with the assistance of the teacher.

    Power-Point Presentation

    Teams will create and present final projects using slide-show presentations.

    Pathway: (Target Population)

    This course is designed for students interested in the traditional, technological, or academic pathway of the Engineering Design and Development. Technology education at Southern Lehigh High school is grounded in problem-based learning utilizing math science, and technology principles and designed to meet required state standards in science and technology. Upon completion of Engineering Design and Development, students will be better prepared to follow a career pathway leading to an associate’s degree or four or more years of college in the engineering and industrial technology fields.

    Required Summer Readings: