Principles of Engineering
Course Description: Principles Of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech careers. POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts 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, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.
Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.
Course Topics → Projects
Mechanisms → Compound Machine
Energy Sources → Renewable Energy Generation and Distribution Production
Machine Control → Clawbot Robotics Challenge Project
Fluid Power → Hydraulics Lab
Statics → Boomilever Project
Material Properties → Shelf Design/Build Project
Material Testing → Tensile Testing Simulation
Statistics → Candy Statistics Lab
Kinematics → Catapult Project
Course Information: Students will be utilizing two online learning environments within this course. The mypltw.org Learning Management System (LMS) will be the foundation for students engagement with course curriculum. I strongly encourage students to become familiar with the LMS as they have access to every Powerpoint, Activity and resource provided by Project Lead the Way within their account. Students will also be using Google Classroom to receive and submit instructor generated activities, notes and other resources. Both of these learning environments are web based and accessible where internet connection and a web capable device can be used. There are apps for the LMS (Canvas) and Google Classroom that can be downloaded to a mobile device if the student so chooses.
Students will need to complete some work outside of class on a regular basis. This means students will need access to a web capable device and internet to complete this work. Please see the instructor if this presents a problem and to discuss offline alternatives for this work. Wherever possible work will be completed digitally, however the nature of some assignments require physical copies which will be kept in a student binder. All coursework is available as a physical paper copy.
Grading: You will receive a cumulative grade based on class Warm ups, Homework/Notes, Lab Activities, Quizzes, and Projects. The two marking periods will equal 80% of your final course grade, with your final exam being 20% of your final course grade. Any assignment turned in after the due date will be penalized 10% per day.
Homework/Classwork: All assigned work will be graded. Many of the HW assignments will directly feed into class activities, discussions and projects. It is extremely important that you complete your HW work on time to succeed. In order for you to receive credit for work, it must be complete and turned in on time. Again, any work handed in after the due date will be penalized 10%.
Attitude: Attitude is everything! You should arrive to class on time prepared to work each and every day. Please keep in mind that I am here to assist you with any questions or problems that you might have. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it!
Attendance: Your attendance in class is extremely important as most of the work is done during the class period. Please arrive to class on time. If you miss class or are late to class, you will be missing needed instruction for that day’s activity. Therefore, 3 late arrivals will result in office notification, and illegal absences will be reported to the office and in most cases a phone call will be made to your parent/guardian. Also, if you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to ask for any missed assignments.
Materials Needed: I am requesting that each student has a 1.5” 3 ring binder, Four binder dividers, Graph paper (quad ruled) notebook, Loose leaf lined paper (that will go in the binder rings), a calculator and Pens + Pencils for class everyday.
Progress Reports: Progress Reports will be sent home at each marking period.
Open Lab: Students who were absent from class, wish to improve their grade, or want to work on their projects are welcome to come in during any of their free periods that the instructor is available