Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW’s) Engineering Program. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students across the U.S. by empowering them to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges. In this course, students will not only learn technical skills, but will also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate. Students will be introduced to the engineering profession as well as a common approach to the solution of engineering problems through the application of an engineering design process. Students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems, which will develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students solve problems as they practice common engineering design and development protocols, such as project management and peer review. Students will design and model solutions with the use of Autodesk Inventor 2019, a current 3-D design and modeling software. Statistical analysis and mathematical modeling are an emphasis of this course, and ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also introduced.
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