Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Introduction to Engineering Design is an introductory course, which develops student problem solving skills using the design process. This course is part of the PLTW Engineering curriculum. Students learn how to analyze a problem, research solutions, develop solutions, build the best solution, test the solution and improve the solution. Students also learn how to document each step of the design process, with an emphasis placed on sketching, formal drawings, and 3D modeling. 3D modeling is done using Inventor, a state of the art CAD program. Many projects are explained in a design brief, which outlines the criteria and constraints of the problem. Then students are guided through the design process to develop a solution. The projects are open‐ended meaning there can be more than one correct solution. This is a foundational course for anyone wanting to become an engineer, designer, architect or work in the construction, manufacturing, or transportation industries.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Design & Modeling, or an A throughout Pre-Algebra
- Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semesters
- Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
- Dual Credit (DESN 101 through Ivy Tech - 3 credits!)