Grade 9 and 10

The focus of the first two years in the Academy will be core academic subjects coupled with pathway courses that focus on engineering and/or technology principles.

AVID strategies are used to ensure that all students have the skills and support needed to experience success in a rigorous academic program of study.

Students will select course offerings that include:

Introduction to Engineering/Introduction to Technology and Engineering (Grade 9-12): This course introduces students to various engineering concepts and principles. Students use algebraic functions to analyze basic circuitry, fluid and thermal systems and manufacturing technologies. Students use AutoCAD 2009. Emphasis is placed on the Engineering Design Process.

Process Engineering (Grade 10): This course emphasizes the mechanical learning standards, including construction and drafting techniques. Students use AutoCAD 2009. Students use advanced algebra and geometry skills to analyze the physical principles (forces, torque, hydraulics, pneumatics and fluid dynamics) used in the construction of various structures.

Exploring Technology and Engineering (Grade 10-12): This course emphasizes the mechanical learning standards including construction and drafting techniques. Students use AutoCAD 2009. Students will be able to analyze the physical principles (forces, torque, hydraulics, pneumatics and fluid dynamics) used in the construction of various structures. This course takes the natural properties of science and uses them to build hands on projects using the Design process. Other technological systems and processes will be explored, including plastics molding systems, alternative energy and power systems, robotics, and computer architecture.





Grade 11 and 12

The focus of the last two years will be on rigorous academic courses and engineering and technology principles. Practical applications of the engineering processes will be utilized.

The AVID plan is further implemented to prepare upperclassmen for post-secondary school technical and engineering study.

Students will select course offerings that include:

Engineering Design and Fabrication: CAD 1 (Grade 11-12): This course introduces and utilized basic CAD commands and uses the Design Building method. Students become proficient with basic AutoCAD 2009 commands. Students are exposed to architectural design concepts. Students design projects in the computer lab then build them in the prototype lab to enhance their manufacturing and construction skills.

Electrical Engineering (Grade 11-12): This course focuses on advanced circuitry and electronic principles. Studentsanalyze the fundamentals of circuit design and component function. Students learn digital electronic systems that include, octal, and hexadecimal systems. Students become familiar with PNC’s and CNC machinery. Students are exposed to robotics design, assembly and programming. Students use AutoCAD 2009.

Engineering Design and Manufacturing: CAD II (Grade 12): This course focuses on Architecture, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Students demonstrate competency in their design and drawing applications with AutoCAD 2009. The course includes land surveying, building and lot design, permitting and robotic manipulations.

Practical Engineering (Grade 12): Students apply their engineering knowledge and competency in a 20-week co-op with local area businesses and companies. Students choose a site that focuses on their chosen area of engineering (Biomedical, etc.). Students complete a major research paper and presentation. Students use all skills to complete the project; e.g. essay writing, CAD design schematics, calculations, physics, multimedia etc.

Engeering and Technology Academy at Doherty Memorial High School