544 Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)

St. Francis Borgia High School Engineering Design2 semesters, 1 credit

Open to freshmen currently enrolled in Advanced Algebra I or higher-level math class. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must have scored at least a C- in Algebra I.

Introduction to Engineering Design is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering Program.  In IED, students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems and engineering design process.  Utilizing the activity-problem-project-based teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students apply systems thinking and consider various aspects of engineering design including material selection, human-centered design, manufacturability, assemblability and sustainability. Students develop skills in technical representation and documentation especially through 3D computer modeling using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) application. As part of the design process, studentsproduce precise 3D-printed engineering prototypes using an additive manufacturing process. Student-developed testing protocols drive decision-making and iterative design improvements.

To inform design and problem solutions addressed in IED, students apply computational methods to inform design by developing algorithms, performing statistical analyses, and developing mathematical models. Students build competency in professional engineering practices including project management, peer review, and environmental impact analysis as part of a collaborative design team. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to ...

  1. Apply design process
  2. Complete technical sketching and drawing
  3. Understand geometry of design
  4. Use reverse engineering
  5. Utilize documentation
  6. Apply advanced computer modeling
  7. Take part in a design team
  8. Apply design challenges



By the completion of this course, students will know...

  1. How to use the engineering design process to develop innovative solutions to real problems
  2. How to visually represent and communicate ideas in the form of technical drawings
  3. How to use appropriate practices and applications of measurement within the engineering discipline
  4. How to represent objects and build objects in the 3D CAD software Autodesk Inventor
  5. How to apply reverse engineering in order to analyze a product to better understand it
  6. How to appropriately dimension and annotate technical drawings for manufacturing

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This curriculum last updated January 27, 2021, by the Science Department.