Engineering and Design
Engineering and Design is part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and career path. By building real-world problem-solving and critical thinking skills, students learn how to innovate and design new products and improve existing products. Students are introduced to the engineering design process to build new products and to the reverse engineering process, which enables engineers to adjust any existing product. Students will also address how fluid power is used by engineers to make difficult maneuvers easier, increasing efficiency and minimizing effects on the environment. Students then identify how engineering and design have a direct impact on the sustainability of our environment and the greening of our economy. Finally, students incorporate the engineering design process, environmental life cycle, and green engineering principles to create a decision matrix to learn how to solve environmental issues.
- Introduction to Engineering and Design and the Design Process: In this unit, students learn about how design opportunities exist everywhere around them.
- Fluid Systems: Energy and Power Technologies in Engineering: This unit demonstrates how engineers use fluid systems to transfer power and force from one location to another.
- Modeling and Sketching: This unit demonstrates that engineering design is a process that involves drawing and modeling to develop solutions to problems within given constraints.
- Reverse Engineering: This unit introduces the concept of reverse engineering, which is a critical part of the process in the redesign of products.
- Engineering to Improve Sustainability: This unit explains the importance of the human and global impact of various engineering designs and products.