What does our chapter and school has to offer?
Derby High School offers a variety of different options when considering an engineering pathway.
What courses are offered here?
This course will cover the different types of engineering and the communication and documentation that engineers use. Mechanism, thermodynamics, fluid systems, electrical systems and control systems are also covered. Using the appropriate formulas students make static and strength calculations for various materials before testing them. They explore the fields of reliability engineering and kinematics.
In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. This course is appropriate for 12th grade students.
This is the first class in PLTW’s premier high school program, Pathway to Engineering™, which is a four-year course of study integrated into the students’ core curriculum. Introduction to Engineering Design allows students to use sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software to improve existing products, invent new ones, and communicate the details of the products to others. The combination of traditional math and science courses with innovative Pathway to Engineering courses prepares students for college majors in engineering and E/T fields and offers them the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. PTLW courses engage high school students through a combination of activities-based, project-based, and problem-based learning.
The student will cover the following areas: use and care of drafting equipment, measuring with different scales, layout of drafting plates, geometric construction, multi-view drawings, dimensions, various types of sectioning, auxiliaries, isometric pictorials, and introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting)
CAD Design and Software courses introduce students to the computer-aided drafting systems available in the industry.
The major focus of this course is to expose students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering through the fields of aeronautics, aerospace engineering, and related areas of study. Lessons engage students in engineering design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, space life sciences, the biology of space science, principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering. Students work in teams utilizing hands-on activities, projects, and problems and are exposed to various situations faced by aerospace engineers. In addition, students use 3D design software to help design solutions to proposed problems. Students design intelligent vehicles to learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.
The major focus of this course is completing long-term projects that involve the development of property sites. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of a property. The course provides teachers and students freedom to develop the property as a simulation or to students to model the experiences that civil engineers and architects face. Students work in teams, exploring hands on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture.
The Robotics class is divided up into 12 units focused on learning about engineering and engineering problem solving. They will be given an introduction to the VEX Robotics Design System and Autodesk Inventor. About half way through the course, students will be presented with an engineering challenge; they will need to build a robot to play a sport-like game. The rest of the year students will refine the design of their robot while learning and applying relevant Robotics principles. At the end of the course, students will compete head-to-head with their robots. To be successful in this class it would be good to have successfully completed Algebra
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