Project Lead the Way – Essentials of Engineering and Robotics
Engineering Essentials (EE) – Project Lead the Way – is a year-long high-school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in exploration of 4 of the major fields of engineering – civil, electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering. The major focus of the EE course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. EE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.
The course assumes no previous knowledge. In this course, students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. In addition, students use 3D solid modeling design software package to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the course. Students will also learn how to document their work, and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.
Engineering Essentials is one of the foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.