Project Lead the Way Classes
- Introduction to Engineering Design - This is an introductory course which develops student problem solving skills with emphasis placed on the development of three-dimensional solid models. Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package. They will learn a problem solving design process and how it is used in industry to manufacture a product. The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design. The techniques learned, and the equipment used, is state of the art and are currently being used by engineers throughout the United States.
- Principals of Engineering - This course is a board bases survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students will develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post secondary education programs and engineering careers. They will also learn how engineers address concerns about the social and political consequences of technological change.
- Digital Electronics - This is a year-long course of study in applied digital logic that encompasses the design and application of electronic circuits and devices found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices. Instruction includes the application of engineering and scientific principles, as well as the use of Boolean algebra to solve design problems. Using Computer software that refelcts current industry standards, activities will provide opportunities for students to design, construct, test, and analyze simple and complex digitial circuitry. Software will be used to develop and evaluate the product design. This course engages students in critical thinking and problem-solving skills, time management, and teamwork skills.
- Civil Engineering and Architecture - Is a year-long course that introduces students to the fundamental design and development aspects of civil engineering and architectural planning activities. Application adn design principles will be used in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge. Computer software programs will allow students opportunities to design, simulate, and evaluate the construction of buildings and communities. During the planning and design phases, instructional empasis will be placed on related transportation, water resource, and environmental issues. Activities will include the preparation of cost estimates, as well as a reveiw of regulatory procedures that would affect the project design.
- Principals of Biomedical Sciences (Taught at South Decatur High School) - This course provides an introduction to Project Lead the Way through "hands on" projects and problems. The course is designed to provide an overview of all courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in subsequent courses. The course includes student of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body system and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.
- Human Body Systems (Taught at South Decatur High School) - This course is designed to engage students in the study of basic human physiology and the care and maintenance required to support the complex systems. Using a focus on human health, students will employ a variety of monitors to examine body systems, at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body functions.