Explore how engineers make a difference and improve lives, while using modern engineering tools, such as geographic information systems, 3-D solid modeling software, and prototyping equipment. Work on your own and as part of a team to develop solutions to community and global challenges that the next generation of engineers will face.
A NEW experience in PLTW Engineering, Engineering Essentials offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning foundational concepts of engineering practice, providing students opportunities to explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences and solve engaging and challenging real-world problems. By inspiring and empowering students with an understanding of engineering and career opportunities, Engineering Essentials broadens participation in engineering education and the engineering profession.
Unit 1 Inclined to Design - Introduces students to foundational cross-disciplinary engineering concepts, empowers them to develop and strengthen their transportable skills, and exposes them to global engineering challenges that the next generation will face. Throughout the unit, students will imagine themselves as engineers and envision a future in which they can make a difference in the world.
Unit 2 Make it Move - Students will apply mechanical and mathematical concepts to design solutions to engineering problems. They develop multiple types of models to represent aspects of real objects/phenomena, including conceptual models, graphic models (drawings), 3-D solid computer models, physical models, and mathematical models, and begin to understand the inherent limitations of each. These models are used to define, test, and communicate design ideas and mechanical solutions.
Unit 3 Power it Up - Students will discover the foundation of all modern electronic devices, such as cellular phones, MP3 players, and high-definition televisions. Students learn how to use digital circuits to develop electronic solutions that improve people’s lives
Unit 4 Make a Plan - Students will investigate issues related to population growth and development, and use geographic information systems as tools to define, model, and solve engineering challenges that result from development.