Engineering and Innovation
The Engineering and Innovation course will provide students with an understanding of the field of engineering and introduction to the concepts of invention and innovation, as well as some of the skills and tools necessary to invent and innovate. This information will provide students with the ability to invent and innovate in their field of choice.
Students will learn details about the scope and nature of the field of engineering. They will also learn about the history of invention and innovation and how those activities play a role in the advancement of human society. Students will be introduced to patents, regulations, and ethical and professional standards that apply in the fields of engineering and invention.
Students will also learn about analytical modeling and problem solving, interpreting the results of models and experiments, and understanding how bias impacts outcomes. In addition, students will learn about innovations and inventions in the fields of biomedicine and the environment and how those fields have impacted the health and well being of society. Lastly, students will learn about career choices and organizations and resources available for individuals who wish to incorporate invention and innovation into their careers and lives.
- Understand the field of engineering as well as the concepts of invention and innovation.
- Understand the history of inventions and innovations and compare and contrast the roles of innovators, inventors, and engineers.
- Understand the changes that inventions have brought to society and how engineers and inventors collaborate with business.
- Understand how to search and apply for patents, find regulations, and research ethical and professional standards that apply in the fields of engineering and innovation.
- Understand the process of invention as problem solving, including using and interpreting models, and apply a model to a problem to solve it.
- Understand problem solving and innovation specifically in the fields of biomedicine and the environment.
- Identify career options and resources in interest areas, as well as understand how to bring a product or idea to market.
For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with general concepts of the world of business as well as the basics of conducting research on websites.
If students are unfamiliar with these topics, it is recommended that they familiarize themselves with conducting online searches for business-related topics on the Internet by visiting sites such as Business.USA.gov or business magazine websites such as Forbes.com or BusinessWeek.com. These websites will provide an introduction to what is currently happening in the business world as well as give students an opportunity to practice navigating websites.