Introduction to Engineering Design:
Metamora High School currently has four different Project Lead The Way classes. The first in the sequence of courses is Introduction to Engineering Design. Introduction to Engineering Design is a one-year course that introduces design principles through the use of 3-D computer imaging software. Students in Introduction to Engineering Design also utilize this software to complete reverse engineering projects.
The second course in the Project Lead The Way sequence is Digital Electronics. As the world continues to become more reliant upon electronics, knowledge of Digital Electronics will continue to be more valuable in the workforce. Students in Digital Electronics learn the circuitry that is utilized to build basic computer processors. To accomplish this, students build a number of computer simulated and live circuits through the school year. One example control circuit that students build is a voting machine where there is a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. While each of these members have a vote, the circuit that the students build will cause a light to go on if there is a majority vote. Likewise, if there is a tie vote, the president will have the overriding vote. The Digital Electronics course concludes the school year with students programming BOE Bot microprocessors/ robots to perform various class competitions.
Principles of Engineering:
The third course in the Project Lead The Way sequence is Principles of Engineering. Principles of Engineering is a one year course that is designed to give students a broad survey of many different technology based careers that will be abundant in the twenty first century workforce. In the mechanisms unit, students in Principles of Engineering build compound machines to compete in class competitions. Likewise, students in Principles of Engineering learn about statics through building and testing trusses for strength, and they learn about kinematics by building and testing ballistic devices. A major highlight for the Principles of Engineering course is the recycling project. In this project, students are given a problem where there is a need for a recycling machine to be built that can separate five items including metal, aluminum, wood, plastic, and glass. To accomplish this, students are taught how to program a robotic controller to operate the machine that they construct.
Civil Engineering & Architecture:
The fourth course in the Project Lead The Way sequence is Civil Engineering and Architecture. Civil Engineering and Architecture is a one year course that builds upon the design principles that were started in either Introduction to Engineering Design or Drafting I. The major focus of this course is completing long-term projects that involve the development of property sites. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of a property site. Students work in teams, exploring hands on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture.