• Through a hands-on, design-thinking approach, students learn to think like engineers in this introductory Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering course. The major focus of IED is on the engineering design process, introduced through activities that provide experience with brainstorming, technical sketching, computer-aided design (CAD) software techniques, and technical documentation. Students learn how to use 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, and various other tools to bring their ideas to prototype and products to life; they create personal engineering notebooks to document their skills and designs. In addition, teamwork and technical communication skills are developed through group projects. Students who earn qualifying grades may be eligible to receive engineering college credit

    Topics Include:

    • 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