High School

Applied Engineering 1b

.5 Credits
18 weeks
Digital Badge

Applied Engineering 1b: Solving Problems Together

Do you like to invite solutions to solve problems? Applied engineering has advanced areas such as energy, transportation, health and genetics, alternative energy, food packaging, etc. Explore various inventions and solutions that have solved problems across industries. Examine how artificial intelligence and technology are making an impact on breakthroughs. Evaluate the range of robotic and STEM-related career options available for you to make a difference in lives with your contributions and innovations.

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Problem Solving, Collaboration and Communication

Students will demonstrate an understanding of problem solving, collaboration and communication by describing problem solving processes, explaining communication skills and conflict resolution techniques, and identifying and summarizing the roles on an engineering team.

Careers in STEM

Students will demonstrate an understanding of careers in STEM by describing the role of STEM in society and industry and identifying and summarizing emerging technology in STEM careers.

Technology and the Environment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of technology and the environment by explaining how technology affects the environment and describing how various engineering disciplines have helped to lessen our impact on the environment.

New Technology and Current Issues in Engineering

Students will demonstrate an understanding of new technology and current issues in engineering by summarizing and explaining technological trends and progress, artificial intelligence, issues of legality, and technological and societal issues.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of robotics by explaining robotic systems in our society, researching and summarizing various careers and technical student organization, and connecting robotics to future careers goals.

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Think About It: Problem Solving in the Real World
Describe how we use technology to solve problems
Analyze how the development of technology affects various systems
Differentiate types of thinking processes involved in problem-solving
Outline the steps involved in marketing a product or implementing a solution

Unit 2: Working with the Team
Critique the importance of ethical and professional behavior
Draw conclusions about the importance of the characteristics of good leadership and teamwork
Evaluate member roles of an engineering team
Summarize the common key tasks for project managers

Unit 3: Communicating Through the Process
Identify and implement conflict resolution techniques
Communicate across time zones with people of various cultures
Describe and demonstrate professional expectations
Classify various methods of communication

Unit 4: STEM Careers in Action
Make the connection of how STEM is integrated in our society
Study the similarities and differences in various STEM industries
List the advantages and disadvantages of alternative power sources
Correlate emerging technologies with future careers

Unit 5: Spotlight: Technology and the Environment
Identify trade-offs that occur when developing new technology
Draw conclusions about how technology affects the environment
Describe how various engineering disciplines have helped to lessen our impact on the environment

Unit 6: Look Toward the Future: Developing New Technologies
Describe how and why technology progresses
Identify technological trends and progress in various fields
Summarize concerns and possibilities related to artificial intelligence
Discuss the legality of intellectual property

Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Engineering
Describe contemporary issues in our technology
Identify sources of technological problems
Determine interrelated problems among various technological fields

Unit 8: Spotlight on Robotics
Identify how robotic systems play a role in our society
Research various Career and Technical Student Organizations
Identify potential competitions and tech challenges to take part in
Connect robotics to future career goals
Plan advocacy around contemporary societal issues

Course Materials

Required Materials:
Video recording device
Slide presentation software
Spreadsheet software
Word processing software
Tinkercad (requires login)
Gantt-chart creation tool
Writing supplies
Audio recording device

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