Course title

Engineering Science


Geometry or Algebra 1 Honors W/Teacher recommendation

Course description

Engineering Science Syllabus and Standards

The course is defined under the AZ State Course Catalog as Integrated Science; code: AZ03-201.

PHS has a set of Integrated Science courses that are remedial in nature and which do not/are not intended to qualify as “lab sciences;” while other schools in Arizona have Integrated Science as their capstone science course.  This course (Engineering Science) is interdisciplinary (hence the Integrated Science classification) and is intended to qualify as a “lab science.”

I’ve listed the units with examples of the concepts within each unit.  The course uses a combination of the JTED engineering standards and the AZ science standards.


Material Properties (modulus of elasticity; yield stress; stress/strain curves; thermal and chemical properties)

Design Process

Intellectual Property (Patents vs trademarks vs copyright)

Ethics in Engineering and Science

1-Day Building Challenges (build a structure out of spaghetti; newspaper; etc. that meets the given criteria) ~6 throughout the year.

CAD (OnShape) – Ongoing throughout the year.  2 or 3 days per month.

Inorganic Chemistry (Acid/Base reactions; covalent/ionic/metallic bonds; electronegativity; logarithmic scales)

Organic Chemistry (Combustion; natural and synthetic polymers; hydrocarbons/proteins/lipids)

Oil (drilling; refining; distillation; fracking; Deep Water Horizon)

Biodiesel (Chemical reaction to convert vegetable oil into biodiesel; pros/cons; logistics of small batch processing)

Economics (Supply and demand equilibrium; elasticity; monopoly; economies of scale; tragedy of the commons; negative externalities)

Manufacturing Processes (Casting; forging; injection molding; lost mold processes; welding; extruding)

3D Printing Technology (Thermodynamics; glass transition vs phase change)

Analog Circuits (parallel/series resistors; capacitors as energy storage and as frequency dependent resistors; how to use a multi-meter)

Digital Circuits (How a transistor and diode work; logic gates and half-adders made of both switches and transistors; AC/DC converter).

Coding (pseudocode; lego mindstorm; if/then; while loops; positive and negative feedback loops; proportional control systems)

Artificial Intelligence (Search Trees and heuristics; neural nets; backpropogating error; genetic algorithms)

Genetics (connections to AI genetic algorithms; mitosis/meiosis; mutation types; natural selection; barriers to gene flow and speciation; Hardy-Weinberg law of allele frequencies)

Catapult unit (force; torque; conservation of energy; conservation of angular momentum; efficiency; accuracy vs precision)

Ancient Engineering Unit (Work Energy Theorem; levers/pulleys/simple machines; unit conversions; measurement skills; how to document a plan - engineering notebook/lab notebook/Concept of Operations; oral presentation skills) 



School country

United States

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School city


School / district Address

1050 N. Ruth Street

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Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LINT
  • Integrated science

Approved date

Online / Virtual