Principles Of Engineering is the second of two foundation 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.

    Principles Of Engineering (POE) exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech careers. POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.

    Students will begin learning to program and write code using the VEX Robot C language. Students will begin designing and building pseudo Mars rovers to accomplish several real world and out of this world missions. Students will learn basic wiring and circuitry skills, soldering skills, as well as using the laser cutter, CNC machines and 3D printers to create parts for their rovers. Students will learn and use top tier CAD software that is used in the industry today. 

    To be successful in POE, it is recommended, but not required, that students be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics such as calculus, trigonometry and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

    This is a Duel enrollment class, if students complete pre-calculus or calculus duel enrollment classes they can earn another 3 credits toward the Introduction to Engineering class that will transfer from CCC to NAU. This brings the total of credits that are available to be earned through this program to 15!