This is the engineering pathway for all students interested in pursuing engineering and other STEM related fields after high school. As well, students can earn up to 14 college credits through participation in these specific classes, many designed specifically to expose students to lucrative careers in STEM. Annually one male and one female graduating senior will be recognized for their participation in the following Engineering classes and their commitment to the growing field of STEM.
Introduction to Coding
Elective Credit: 1 (semester course)
This course aims to teach basic programming and computational concepts to students with little or no previous coding experience. Students will develop confidence in their ability to apply programming techniques and logical reasoning to solve problems in a broad range of fields. It is hoped that this course will provide the student with a "taste-testing" opportunity to determine their interest in further study of computer science. This course uses Scratch and MIT App Inventor. This course OR Computer Applications is a requirement for graduation from UHS.
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Elective Credit: 2 + 3 DMACC
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Recommended: Geometry
Introduction to Engineering Design is a course that teaches problem solving skills using a design development process. Model solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using solid modeling, computer design software. Students will be challenged with practical applications of math and science. Students should have a strong math background and show an interest in the STEM fields (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology). Although highly recommended for serious science/math students the engineering courses cannot count for a science or math credit. This course does however correspond to EGT400 in the DMACC course guide.
Computer Science Principles (CSP-Python)
Elective Credit: 2 + 3 DMACC
Prerequisite: C or better in both semesters of Algebra I, Intro to Coding
Using Python as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSP helps students develop programming expertise using the Python language. Projects and problems include game development, data analysis and robot control. This course aligns with the AP Computer Science Principles course. This course corresponds to CIS450 in the DMACC course guide.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Science (Physics) Credit: 2 + 3 DMACC
Prerequisite: IED, completion of Algebra II/Geometry, and recommended: Physics and Trig
Grade Level: 11-12
POE is a course that helps students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers use math, science and technology in an engineering solving process to benefit people. The course is heavily project-based and includes machine control through computer programming. Students should have a strong math background and show an interest in the STEM fields (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology). As of 2017-2018, POE will count as 2 hours of Science Physics credit as long as being taught by a Physics endorsed instructor. This course corresponds to EGT410 in the DMACC course guide.
Science (Physics) Credit: 2 + 5 DMACC
Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry and Trigonometry
Grade Level: 12
Physics is an advanced two-semester science course that is taught by experimentation in the lab. The first semester consists of the study of force, rectilinear motion, curvilinear motion, work, power and energy. The second semester consists of the study of wave motion, sound, light, optics interference and diffraction. This course is a very intense course and is recommended only for the serious science and math students. Engineering projects consisting of a mousetrap car and a catapult car will be constructed the first and second quarters. The second semester project will be to engineer a miniature roller coaster to enter into a competition at Iowa State University. Physics corresponds to PHY160 in DMACC's course guide.