The question “What do you want to do for a career?” is a daunting one for high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and even many professionals. When trying to come up with an answer to this question, it helps to ask yourself, “What am I interested in?”. I hope that it is your interest and/or curiosity in engineering as a potential career that brings you to this course.
A major focus of this class will be the engineering design process. Namely, you will learn about learn about engineering design as you take part in an authentic design challenge. you will consider physical and ethical issues of your design, brainstorm possible solutions, and formulate and present your own detailed design. You will bring their ideas to life through the development of an engineering prototype. In the process, you will experience the engineering design approach, as well as learn the importance of managing the design process and communicating design outcomes.
By the end of this course, you will have:
• Explored multiple fields of engineering
• Applied the engineering design process
• Constructed a prototype to solve an engineering problem
• Formulated a plan for starting a college career in engineering
It is expected that students enrolled in this course have varying levels of engineering knowledge and varying levels of interest in engineering. Therefore, this class is designed to appeal to a wide range of individuals and aims to serve as an introductory exposure to the field of engineering and design.
There are no prerequisites to this class, although a basic understanding of classical physics, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry would be helpful.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.