What's Happening in Intro to Engineering Design

  • An engaging, fun, real-world hands-on studio, students from all backgrounds use a design-thinking approach to think, discover, and design like an engineer. Together, we will dig deep into the engineering design process and be prompted with hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product. The ability to problem-solve and think differently will be an asset for ANY future endeavor or study. Our approach will be to learn by doing and thinking through building and prototyping everything! Engineering CAD software, prototyping tools, laser cutters, and 3D printers will be used to create real, authentic engineered products. In addition to innovating products and projects with working parts, we will develop a mindset that enhances engineering through teamwork, creativity, and communication. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and/or practical arts.  Students who earn qualifying grades may be eligible to receive engineering college credit.Info Link

  • Let's Breakdown the Course:

    Design Basics 

    • 1.1 Design Basics 
    • 1.2 Visualization and Solid Modeling 
    • 1.3 CAD Fundamentals 
    • 1.4 Product Improvement

    Assembly Design 

    • 2.1 Put it Together 
    • 2.2 Take it Apart 
    • 2.3 A Material World 
    • 2.4 Fix It

    Thoughtful Product Design 

    • 3.1 Responsible Design 
    • 3.2 More Than Parts 
    • 3.3 Solve a Problem

    Making Things Move 

    • 4.1 You’ve Got to Move It 
    • 4.2 May the Force Be With You 
    • 4.3 Automating Motion 
    • 4.4 Make It Move

    Mindsets and Skills:

    • Design Thinking
      A design cycle that focuses on problem solving real-world design challenges through a human-centered design approach. Design ideology has been adopted from one of the world's leading innovative firms IDEO and focuses on lateral thinking and the ability to think differently.
    • Prototyping
      Students design using various professional tools and technologies to bring their designs to life! Amazing prototyping equipment is at their fingertips such as: 3D printers, laser cutters, CAD software, CNC machines, hand/power tools, and other fabrication technology.
    • Student Portfolio Development
      Students learn how to develop and document engineering design portfolios
    • Sketching and Visualization
      Students learn sketching and visualization techniques such as pictorials and annotated Sketches
    • Geometric Relationships
      Students learn design relationships related to forms and shapes, geometric constraints, the Cartesian coordinate system and the origin plane
    • Modeling
      Students learn apply conceptual, graphical, physical, mathematical, and computer modeling techniques (CAD, Inventor)
    • Assembly Modeling
      Students learn about adding components, assembly constraints, part libraries, sub-assemblies, driving constraints, and adaptive design techniques
    • Model Analysis and Verification
      Students learn about mass properties and tolerance
    • Model Documentation
      Students learn design and develop working drawings, with dimensions and annotation
    • Presentation
      Students apply communication techniques and develop presentation aids of engineering designs

    In the course, students are eligible to receive College Dual Credit Info Link

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