The Aerospace Program curriculum is a rigorous four-year sequence of courses. This program exposes students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Students working in teams are engaged in engineering design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, space life sciences, principles of aeronautics, and systems engineering. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life.
Aerospace Engineering students may participate in their Career Student Organization, Technology Students of America (TSA).
Academy Course Offerings:
Introduction to Engineering Design is a course that introduces students to the engineering design process. Students develop an engineering portfolio that will follow them through all of the career academy courses. Working in teams, students learn how to use sketching as a means to communicate their idea as well as the geometry that is used in parametric modeling, assembly, and motion constraints. Students also explore the production and marketing of products.
Principles of Engineering is a course that helps students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
Digital Electronics is a course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.
Aerospace Engineering is a specialization course focusing on hands-on engineering projects and problems developed with NASA, students learn about aerodynamics, astronautics, space-life sciences, and systems engineering (which includes the study of intelligent vehicles like the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity).
Civil Engineering and Architecture is a specialization course focusing on an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as the roles of engineers and architects, project planning, site planning, building design, documentation, and presentation.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way is all about teaching and learning. The hands-on, project and problem-based PLTW approach adds rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life.
Project Lead The Way programs:
Meet national standards for mathematics, science, technology education, and English language arts
Offer a complete career/technical concentration with an emphasis on both mathematics and science
Focus students on one project over an extended period of time while working cooperatively and effectively as a class or in small groups
Integrate mathematics, science, technology, and English language arts skills to solve complex problems.
PLTW's formula for success is simple. It's building strategic partnerships among middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and business and industry to provide students with the rigorous, relevant, reality-based knowledge necessary to pursue engineering or engineering technology programs in college.