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STEM Principles of Engineering


This is a culminating engineering course in which students engage in real world case studies and activities on the engineering process in the context of making the world a better place to live and work. Certifications are embedded. Students create electronic portfolios as they learn concepts necessary to develop their ideas into solutions that advance their technical experience and improve their general outlook on life and the community.
Curriculum Link: Author: The STEM Academy

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students will:
Explore time as an engineering design factor
Engage in teamwork and concurrent engineering
Apply systems and optimization techniques
Apply techniques learned to a small scale industry based design challenge

  • the engineering field, and work
  • how mechanisms work
  • applications of fluid power and electrical circuits
  • engineering ethics

Research and apply mechanical engineering techniques in a prototype
Apply theories of mechanisms and simple machines to a prototype
Research materials’ classifications and characteristics
Conduct predictive analysis using Failure Modes, Effects Analysis and Finite Element Analysis
Engage in the design process through:

  • creative idea development,
  • modeling,
  • use of Gantt and Flow charts,
  • problem solving,
  • technical communication,
  • and project management

Examine the relationship between society’s wants and needs as they relate to the future
Apply techniques learned to a large scale industry based design challenge
Investigate civil engineering design techniques
Apply design techniques learned to a real world sports facility application

Description of Activities

Curriculum is intended for flexible use based upon national best practice implementation and integration strategies and is accessible via internet. The project-based curriculum is intended to be instructor led and can also natively be utilized for a distance or web-based learning environment.

UNITS: Teamwork and Concurrent Engineering, Systems and Optimization, Gantt and Flow Charts, Ethics, Gears Trebuchet, Technical Communications, Project Management, Rube Goldberg Machines, Failure Modes and Effect Analysis, Introduction to Finite Element Analysis, Problem Solving, Design and Modeling, Engineering Work Experience, Industry Design Challenge

Instructional Materials Needed

Teacher access to the internet assures access to all course materials and the Learning Management System. Much of the content is facilitated if students have access to web-enabled devices.

Instructional Materials Provided

Objectives, teacher preparation, content outlines, learning activities, select equipment, recommended local consumables, case studies, resources, PowerPoints, and online assessments

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Additional criteria

Cost: Curriculum access unlimited per site. Project resources are provided to support the qualified number of students per class size. Contact the STEM Academy for cost estimates.

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: Laboratory Science; Career-Technical Education

States' Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

California Industry sector(s): Engineering and Architecture


Grade Targets: 11, 12

Level of Expertise for CTE: Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TRAINING REQUIRED. Other training available, including 4-day orientation training for instructors, career counselors and administrators. Summer 4-day Stem Instructor Training Boot Camp available for lead instructors. Online STEM Instructor Mentor Program also available.

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy

Usage Restrictions: Must contract with STEM Academy in order to use curriculum.

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