High School

Concepts of Engineering and Technology

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
Open
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Each day, we are surrounded by technology and engineering projects. From our phones to the bridges we drive over, engineering and technology influence many parts of our lives. In Concepts of Engineering and Technology, you will learn more about engineering and technology careers and what skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in these fields. You’ll explore innovative and cutting-edge projects that are changing the world we live in and examine the design and prototype development process. Concepts of Engineering and Technology will also help you understand the emerging issues in this exciting career field.

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Competencies

Biological Engineering

Students will demonstrate an understanding of biological engineering by explaining the roles and responsibilities of a biological engineer, describing the principles of bioengineering, and explaining ethics in bioengineering.

Chemical Engineering

Students will demonstrate an understanding of chemical engineering by explaining the roles and responsibilities of a chemical engineer, describing the principles of chemical engineering, and comparing chemical engineering systems.

Civil Engineering

Students will demonstrate an understanding of civil engineering by explaining the roles and responsibilities of a civil engineer, describing civil engineering design, and predicting the future of civil engineering.

Emerging Engineering

Students will demonstrate an understanding of emerging engineering by analyzing the boundaries of engineering, describing the future of engineering technology, and explaining ethical considerations in engineering.

Engineering Design Process

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the engineering design process by describing the engineering design process, evaluating engineering materials, and comparing engineering design solutions.

Engineering Fundamentals

Students will demonstrate an understanding of engineering fundamentals by describing past engineering developments, comparing current engineering developments, and explaining ethical concerns around technology.

Engineering Systems

Students will demonstrate an understanding of engineering systems by comparing engineering systems and explaining technological problem-solving using systems.

Mechanical Engineering

Students will demonstrate an understanding of mechanical engineering by explaining the roles and responsibilities of a mechanical engineer, describing the principles of mechanical engineering, and comparing mechanical engineering products.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment One:

  • Unit 1: Development & Understanding of Engineering
    • Distinguish the differences between science, technology, and engineering.
    • Understand and use technical terms.
    • Discuss important technological developments from the past.
    • Identify the various technological ages and the rate of current development.
    • Discuss some of the ethical concerns around technology.
  • Unit 2: Making Problems into Ideas
    • Discuss open and closed systems.
    • Identify how technological systems interact to achieve goals.
    • Find technological solutions through problem-solving.
    • Design and maintain a computation engineering notebook.
  • Unit 3: From Sketches to Products
    • Describe the fundamental processes needed for a project, including design and prototype development.
    • Identify the chemical, mechanical, and physical properties of engineering materials.
    • Assess risks and benefits of a design solution.
    • Maintain a professional portfolio.
  • Unit 4: Civil Engineering
    • Work in teams to apply the design process.
    • Assume different roles within an engineering project.
    • Develop and test a project model.
    • Use time-management skills to meet project objectives.
    • Use criteria to meet project expectations.
    • Describe and demonstrate team functions, quality, and requirements.
  • Unit 5: Mechanical Engineering
    • Define and describe the applications of physical and mechanical systems.
    • Describe various career opportunities and emerging issues within these fields.
    • Explain the history of mechanical engineering and its current trajectory.
    • Apply design concepts to problems in physical and mechanical systems.
  • Unit 6: Chemical Engineering
    • Describe applications of process control and automation systems.
    • Describe career opportunities in process control and automation systems.
    • Apply design concepts and identify fields related to process control and automation systems while identifying emerging issues.
    • Understand and follow safety tests and guidelines while recognizing how to classify and dispose of hazardous materials and waste.
  • Unit 7: Biological Engineering
    • Describe the different fields of biotechnology.
    • Identify the underlying principles of bioengineering.
    • Understand career opportunities, related fields, and emerging trends in biotechnology.
    • Apply design concepts to problems in biotechnology.
    • Discuss inherent ethical dilemmas in bioengineering and technology.
  • Unit 8: Impossible Engineering!
    • Define impossible engineering.
    • Conduct and present research on emerging and innovative technology.
    • Describe ethical behavior and decision making through the use of examples.
    • Differentiate among discrimination, harassment, and equality.