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    Design & Drawing for Production (DDP)

    DDP, which is also known as Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) within the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, is a high school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.

    The course assumes no previous knowledge, but students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. In addition, students use the most current issued 3D solid modeling design software package to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the course. Students will also learn how to document their work, and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

    Introduction to Engineering Design is one of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

    Course Goals & Objectives

    The Project Lead the Way curriculum, including Introduction to Engineering Design, focuses on making math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the material covered in class can be applied in their everyday lives. Learning activities will include teacher-led instruction, cooperative learning, and project-based learning. Technology will be also used to enhance students learning and provide real-world applications. 

    Engineering is a profession that contributes to change and improvements in our world. It creates imaginative and visionary solutions to the challenges of the 21st century – the problems of feeding the world, how we will use energy and continue to protect our environment. Engineering and technology play a vital role in our quality of everyday life and learning the skills related to engineering and the relationships it generates between math, science, technology, and society are valuable skills to obtain. Fortunately, PLTW offers exposure to engineering through real-world, open-ended problems that cover a wide range of content and concepts. 

    Course Outline
    The course content of IED can be broken down and defined in the following instructional units. All of these are subject to change and not listed in sequential order of instruction.
    Unit 1: Design Process

    Unit 2: Technical Sketching and Drawing

    Unit 3: Measurement and Statistics

    Unit 4: Modeling Skills

    Unit 5: Geometry of Design

    ***MIDTERM EXAM****

    Unit 6: Reverse Engineering

    Unit 7: Documentation

    Unit 8: Advanced Computer Modeling

    Unit 9:  Design Team

    Unit 10:  Design Challenges


    Assessment Standards & Grading Practices

    Grades for IED will be calculated on a straight point basis. Projects will be based on a scale of 1 to 100 points depending on the assignment or project. The majority of the grade is completed through daily work and participation based on completion of a written Engineering Notebook and Portfolio. All students must maintain an Engineering Notebook and Portfolio to pass the class and they will be checked regularly throughout the course. Weekly quizzes as cumulative unit exams as needed may be also included as part of grading throughout the course as well. At the end of the course, a National PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) Assessment will be given to evaluate the students in their overall skill development & attainment. 
    Extra Help
    If a student misses class, he/she is expected to make up the work missed. Further, if they are having trouble with the course content, they are encouraged to seek extra help either during the school day or after school by appointment.
    Other Computer Classes
    After taking Design & Drawing for Production (DDP), students may also want to consider taking other PLTW Computer Science and Engineering classes offered in New Hartford High School including Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS), Digital Electronics (DP) and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).