Engineering: The Digital Future
Infinity Project (one credit)
In the Infinity Project students learn to use Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology. DSP is the heart of cell phones, the internet and most modern electronic devices. Students use industry standard LabVIEW software and the SPEEDY-33 DSP hardware kit to build and test engineering designs. Students use mathematics to model signals to create digital music and make special effects in graphic images. Students use modern engineering processes and tools, and learn about engineering opportunities. This a freshman college course taught at the high school level. Students need algebra II and will be learning applied trigonometry. Stronger math students will find the course easier.
Engineering Design and Problem Solving (EDPS)
(one credit; may count as a science credit if taken after chemistry)
In EDPS students learn how engineers create, design, and test the technologies and devices of the 21st century using math, science, creative skills. In particular, students learn the “engineering design process” and put this proven problem-solving approach into regular practice by applying math and science to design and test an array of high-tech digital devices. Students learn from regular classroom lectures, and from hands-on design projects. Moreover, students have the opportunity to work in groups on design projects. Student spend 40% of instructional time conducting engineering field and laboratory activities. The activities include mechanical engineering (mouse trap cars and ballistic devices), civil engineering (bridge building and destruction), and biomedical engineering (optimizing running).
Infinity and EDPS must be taken together as a two-period block.
Robotics and Automation (RA)
In RA Students build a foundation in robotics concepts and methods. Emphasis is on the engineering process and how to integrate software and and hardware. The course is project based and requires students to build prototypes and finished products using the VEX Robotic System. Special emphasis is on programming and using feed-back loops for robot control. Additionally, students explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the robotic and automation industry. Algebra I and geometry are recommended for this course.
Engineering Mathematics (EM)
(one credit; may count as a math credit if taken after Algebra II)
In EM students expand robotics engineering knowledge and practice built in RA. Students solve robotic design problems involving data acquisition, spatial applications, electrical measurement and and manufacturing. Students use a variety of mathematical and programming methods to model and solve materials, mechanical, pneumatics, process control, and quality control problems. Additionally students review math concepts and prepare for theACCUPLACER test required by many colleges.
RA and EM must be taken together as a two-period block.