Poway High School
15500 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-0245


Engineering Academy Required Courses

A total of four courses, an internship and one year of an after school course are required for each Engineering Academy student.  There are nine engineering courses taught during the regular school day, which are Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Introduction to Design (ID), Architectural Design 1-2 (AD), Principles of Engineering (POE), Pre-Engineering and Design (PED), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), AP Computer Science Principles (CSP), and Engineering Design and Development (EDD). There are two courses taught after school, which are Science Olympiad and Robotics (which is both a course and club).  Students are expected to be part of one of these after-school programs for one year of high school in order to receive the “Engineering Academy Certificate of Completion” recognition. In addition to the regular school day and after-school courses, students are required to enroll in an Engineering Internship through PUSD during their senior year.  Northrop Grumman and other companies in Poway provide opportunities for high school interns through PUSD.  

Engineering Academy “Core” Course Descriptions

Below is a list of courses that are included in the Engineering Academy “core”.  These courses can also be found in the Poway High School Course Catalog. Students choosing to enroll in courses as an exploration pathway can take courses in any order or amount. Students choosing to commit to the academy through the application process must take two Foundations courses (one design + one applied science), one specialization course, the capstone, an internship, plus one after school course for a year. The optional Pre-Engineering & Design course combined with a specialization / capstone course (Pre-Eng & Design 1 [T1] + CEA or CIM or AP CSP [T2-T3] / Pre-Eng & Design 2 [T1] + EDD [T2-T3]) is highly recommended for end of the year assessment for college/university credit, as well as a foundational course combination with IED ( IED 1 [T1] + Intro to Design (ID) [T2-T3] and IED 2 [T1] + POE [T2-T3]) during the trimester.

TWO FOUNDATIONAL COURSES

Design Courses: (Choose one)

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) or Introduction to Design (ID)

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Engineering Design is an in-depth, project-based course that concentrates on Industrial Design/Technology and is divided into four units: Introduction to Design, Design Solutions, Reverse Engineering, and Design Problems. Students will cover the basics of sketching, engineering/physics application, and how to use a computer aided drafting program. They will design and build several functional prototypes, such as a puzzle and marshmallow cannon, and a project of their very own. Part of the Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway curricula, this course will give students the opportunity to use technology to learn about Engineering and Industrial Design. Introduction to Engineering Design meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit. Introduction to Design meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘f’ Fine Art Elective Credit.

It is recommended to take a support course with this course during the trimester as follows to prepare for the end of the year assessment for college credit (See College Credit):
IED 1 [T1] + Intro to Design (ID) [T2-T3]

Architectural Design 1-2 (AD)

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Architectural Design 1-2 includes the study and application of the elements and principles of design, the study of the history of ancient architecture from Catal Huyuk to the English Influence in America to Contemporary Trends and its relevant vocabulary and structural devices, and an introduction to basic sketching and technical drawing skills. Students will design their dream home working with different mediums (a variety of different pencils, pen and ink), create a set of plans using Computer Aided Design software, create an interior design plan and a model using various construction techniques. Architectural Design 1-2 meets PUSD Fine Art and UC/CSU ‘f’ Elective Credit.

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Applied Science Course:

Principles of Engineering (POE)

Recommended Prerequisite: Integrated Math 1 OR Engineering Geometry (EG)

This course is a high school-level survey course of engineering and physics topics. The course exposes students to many core concepts in physics and engineering that  they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study, including kinematics, energy , power, materials,structures, control systems, and statistics. Part of the Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway curricula, this course provides students the opportunity to develop skills and gain an understanding of Engineering concepts through laboratory activities, projects, and problem-based learning. This course meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit.

It is recommended to take a support course with this course during the trimester as follows to prepare for the end of the year assessment for college credit (See College Credit):
IED 2 [T1] + POE [T2-T3]

ONE SPECIALIZATION COURSE

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

Recommended Prerequisite: Architectural Design 1-2 (AD)(Encouraged), Engineering Geometry (EG), Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Introduction to Design (ID) or Principles of Engineering (POE)

Civil Engineering and Architecture is a specialization course in the sequence of Project Lead the Way Engineering courses. This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields upon each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as: Project Planning, Site Planning, Building Design, Project Documentation and Presentation. Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software. The course will be submitted to UC to meet the UC “g” requirement upon approval by the Board under Project Lead the Way’s program status.

It is recommended to take a support course with this course during the trimester as follows to prepare for the end of the year assessment for college credit (See College Credit):
Pre-Eng & Design 1 [T1] + CEA [T2-T3]

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Recommended Prerequisite: Architectural Design 1-2 (AD), Engineering Geometry (EG), Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Introduction to Design (ID) or Principles of Engineering (POE)

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is the study of manufacturing planning, integration, and implementation of automation. The course explores manufacturing history, individual processes, systems, and careers. In addition to technical concepts, the course incorporates finance, ethics, and engineering design. This reflects an integrated approach that leading manufacturers have adopted to improve safety, quality, and efficiency. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build manufacturing systems. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process. Students apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final open-ended problem to build a factory system. CIM is one of the specialization courses in the Project Lead The Way high school engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary-level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. This course meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit.

It is recommended to take a support course with this course during the trimester as follows to prepare for the end of the year assessment for college credit (See College Credit):
Pre-Eng & Design 1
[T1] + CIM [T2-T3]

AP Computer Science Principles (CSP)

Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering (POE), Pre-Engineering and Design, or Introduction to Computer Science

Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (CSP) uses Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development for cell phones and computers, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. This course meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit.

It is recommended to take a support course with this course during the trimester as follows to prepare for the end of the year assessment for college credit (See College Credit):
Pre-Eng & Design 1 [T1] + AP CSP [T2-T3]

CAPSTONE COURSES

Engineering Design and Development (EED)

Recommended Prerequisite: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), or AP Computer Science Principles (CSP)

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering  design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solution. Finally, student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process. Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills from the PLTW foundation courses. This course meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit.

It is recommended to take a support course with this course during the trimester as follows to prepare for the end of the year assessment for college credit (See College Credit):
Pre-Eng & Design 2 [T1]
+ EDD [T2-T3]

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Internship

Recommended Prerequisite: Computer Integrated Manufacturing(CIM), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) or Engineering Design and Development (EED)

Internships will be managed through the Career Technical Education (CTE) and Poway High School counseling. CTE currently offers several internships with Northrop Grumman. Students completing this internship or any internship with Poway Unified School District in conjunction with enrollment in the PUSD internship program will receive high school credit on their transcript. Students are encouraged to complete the internship and it can be used as their senior project. Students can complete their internship during the summer between their junior and senior year.

ONE AFTER SCHOOL COURSE

Robotics

Become a member of FIRST or VEX Robotics Team Spyder 1622.  Work with students and industry partners to design and build a 2 x 3 x 6 foot robot to compete in San Diego and out of state competitions (such as Seattle and Las Vegas), and the World Champions in St. Louis or Anaheim.  The focus will be on Product Design, Computer Animation, CAD, programming, and more.  This course meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit.

Science Olympiad

Students will research and prepare for Science Olympiad events.  Students can participate for fun or to compete in the competitions. This course meets PUSD Elective Credit.

OPTIONAL SUPPORT COURSE

(Highly recommended for end of the year assessment for college/university credit)

Pre-Engineering and Design (PED)

(Also known as Engineering Fabrication)

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Remember Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Electronics, and Coding? Now all in one, infused with Robotics. An emphasis of exploring in depth areas of mechanical, structural, robotics, programming, computer numeric control (CNC), electrical engineering, and material science. This course provides theoretical hands-on instruction in a variety of technologies that encompasses scientific principles, the scientific method, scientific research, experimentation, mathematical concepts, coding, and communication skills. Students will conduct investigations in science and engineering using professional equipment, focusing on societal concerns. Projects will include the foundational elements of coding using C++ to develop executable programs for robots, and create G and M code to operate CNC equipment for projects out of wood, metal, and plastics. This course meets PUSD and UC/CSU ‘g’ College Prep Elective Credit.

This course an be taken independently during the trimester and recommended to support the specialization and capstone course for the end of the year assessment preparation in this fashion (See College Credit):

Specialization Courses:
Pre-Eng & Design 1 [T1] + CEA [T2-T3]
Pre-Eng & Design 1 [T1] + CIM [T2-T3]
Pre-Eng & Design 1 [T1] + AP CSP [T2-T3]

Capstone:
Pre-Eng & Design 2 [T1] + EDD [T2-T3]