Engineering Academy Course Descriptions

  • Students interested in engineering learn university and industry standard software packages in 3D design, data analysis, programming and circuitry through hands-on collaborative design thinking projects. Through a partnership between DCS and the Ohio State University, students completing the Engineering Academy prior to the senior year may be eligible to take Engineering 1181 and 1182 for college credit through the College Credit Plus Program. Engineering Academy is open to students from all three high schools by online application. Students who participate will need to travel to the Emerald Campus. 

     

    Year 1: The Engineering Academy is a two-period full year program comprised of the following courses for a total of three credit hours: Fundamentals of Engineering; Computers, Electronics, and Control Systems; Mathematical Models and Data Analysis.

     

    Fundamentals of Engineering  301

    This survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop strong problem-solving skills, from design through prototyping and testing. An emphasis will be placed on documenting and communicating solutions.

    Prerequisite: Algebra II and concurrently taking Pre-calculus, Application 

    Graded: Honors

    Grade: 11-12 

    Time Frame: Year

    Credit: 1.00

     

    Computers, Electronics and Control Systems  302

    This course focuses on the fundamentals of electrical engineering and electronics. From circuit design to integrated circuits to programming microcontrollers, this course focuses on developing students’ skills in working with modern digital electronic systems. Students employ their skills in a series of projects, with a pair of larger projects tying concepts together. Students also develop their computer programming skills.

    Prerequisite: Application 

    Graded: Honors 

    Grade: 11-12

    Time Frame:             Year 

    Credit:                        1.00

     

    Mathematical Models and Data Analysis  305

    In this course, students will discover and/or develop the mathematical models for the engineering projects they undertake. This includes everything from modeling the torque, speed and lost energy from the drive train gear box to creating sophisticated computer models of physical systems. Students will explore and use the mathematical logic models that underpin modern computer science. Students in the course will also collect and analyze data for their projects. They will learn about selecting appropriate metrics, using and calibrating measurement devices and using software such as MatLab, R, Excel or Python to analyze data collected. They will use collected data to evaluate their models and the engineering solutions they develop.

    Prerequisite: Precalculus, Application

    Graded: Conventional 

    Grade: 11-12

    Time Frame:             Year 

    Credit:                        1.00