Intro to Engineering
Innovation MAkers Space
IMS is an design and research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem(s) by applying the engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solution. Finally, student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with a community mentor and experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process. Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 11-12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. The 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 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 the quality of everyday life and wealth creation. Appropriate attitudes relative to the professional social obligations of the engineer, and the relationships between math, science, technology and society need to be learned. Real world, open-ended engineering problems that cover a wide range of content will be presented.
In this course, students will learn how to design, build, program, and test robots! Within the first quarter, students will see what types of robotics kits are available to everyone, as well as race their very first rovers against classmates. In the second quarter, students will understand how to use gears to improve their robot designs and build new robots to complete new tasks, such as launching ping pong balls. Throughout the third quarter, students will begin creating robots that are more autonomous, meaning they will complete a maze or locate a light source without remote control. During the fourth quarter, students will gain more independence in their projects, participate in competitions, and create videos to showcase their robots.