Computer Engineering Course Information Sheets

  • 2018-19: Aerospace Engineering

    Course Description: This course is the third in the LAHS sequence of courses in the engineering pathway designed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW). This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles. Prerequisites for Aerospace Engineering include IED and POE. Topics covered in this course will include:

    1. Evolution of Flight;

    2. Physics of Flight;

    3. Flight Planning and Navigation;

    4. Airfoil Design;

    5. Glider Design;

    6. Materials and Structures;

    7. Propulsion Systems;

    8. Flight Physiology;

    9. Space Travel and Orbital Mechanics.

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  • 2018-19: AP Computer Science

    Coures Description: AP Computer Science is a rigorous college-level course focused on computer science concepts and Java programming. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Computer Science examination. The course outline follows the syllabus prescribed by the College Board.

    This course covers:

    - Variables, operators, and expressions

    - Control

    - Subroutines

    - Object-oriented programming

    - Graphical User Interfaces

    - Algorithms (searching/sorting) and their complexities

    - Recursion and linked data structures

    Two weeks will also be set aside for AP review before the AP test.

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  • 2018-19: Design and Prototyping

    Course Description: Design and Prototyping is a pilot course meant to expose students to the ideas of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided machining (CAM). Throughout the year students will learn to design using 2D modeling software such as adobe illustrator, and 3D modeling software such as Fusion 360. Projects will be completed with the help of 3D printers, laser cutters, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) router systems.

    Expected School-wide Learning Results:

    1. Collaborative Learners - Students will be able to complete cognitive and hands-on physics assignments in cooperative student groups. Students will acknowledge and fulfill their responsibilities in the group and be active contributors.

    2. Self-Directed Learners - Students will develop and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in physics by always trying to complete tasks when faced with challenges. Students should be able to problem solve independently and create new solutions. techniques that will apply to a variety of situations, as well as specific physics knowledge which will allow them to understand many aspects of today’s technology.

    3. Critical Thinkers- Students will learn to evaluate mechanical systems for feasibility, and to take multiple real-life factors into account when solving problems.

    4. Knowledgeable Individuals- Students will learn problem-solving techniques that will apply to a variety of situations, as well as specific physics knowledge which will allow them to understand many aspects of today’s technology.

    By the end of the year students will know how to:

    1. Design three dimensional objects using CAD software

    2. Print 3D objects using Ultimaker 3 printers

    3. Use a Laser cutter to raster, engrave and cut wood or acrylic to create and decorate 3d objects

    4. Design Laser projects using Adobe Illustrator

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  • 2018-19: Introduction to Computer Science

    Course Description: 

    - Develop computer programming skills such as abstraction, logic, and algorithmic thinking.

    - Become prepared for the Computer Programming AP course.

    - Increase awareness of computer science as a career and life skill.

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  • 2018-19: Introduction to Engineering and Design

    Course Description: This course is the foundational course for the engineering pathway designed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and is a prerequisite for all other subsequent PLTW engineering courses. In this class, students will dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They will work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems, using the 3D modeling software Autodesk Inventor. Students will use an engineering notebook to document their work, and will begin to develop a personal portfolio that they can carry with them into their collegiate and professional careers.

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  • 2018-19: Principles of Engineering

    Course Description: This course is the second of two foundational courses in the engineering pathway designed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and is a prerequisite for all other subsequent PLTW engineering courses. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, automation, and kinematics. Students will develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. By the end of the course, students will proficient in:

    1. Mechanisms and Mechanical Advantage;

    2. Energy Sources;

    3. Energy Applications;

    4. Statics;

    5. Material Testing;

    6. Material Properties;

    7. Fluid Power;

    8. Machine Control.

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  • 2018-19: Robotics

    Course Description: Students will demonstrate proficiency in:

    ● Computer-aided design

    ● Basic physics

    ● Basic programming

    ● Machining and fabrication techniques

    ● Problem solving with engineering design challenges.

    ● Collaborative group engagement

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  • 2018-19: STEAM Foundations

    Course Description: Students will engage in introductory projects to explore the various engineering pathways LAHS has to offer and will demonstrate proficiency in:

    ● Art and design concepts

    ● Basic robotics and coding

    ● Basic computer aided design and prototyping

    ● Ethics awareness with technical reading and writing.

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