Engineering Classes

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools has started a 4-year Engineering Academy. The goal of the program is to give any student that completes the program a vast head start into an engineering field at the collegiate level or an immediate position into an entry level manufacturing position. We want to stress that this program is not just for those going into college but also those that want to become career ready and obtain employment upon leaving high school. After the first year of the program, students will become certified in SOLIDWORKS, the software industry standard for designing and developing in the engineering and manufacturing fields.

We have recently acquired a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Mill through various grant money, and we will be taking advantage of this great machine in our engineering classes, STEM guitar building, and robotics competitions. We also have two 3D printers that the students will be utilizing as well. In the coming years, we are looking to add on additional equipment such as a laser engraver and CNC router with a goal of giving our students the complete engineering experience.

Engineering 1: Engineering Design

This class is a full year course providing an in-depth exploration of solid modeling using SolidWorks, along with an introduction to the Engineering Design Process. Students will first learn basic drawing concepts in order to understand how objects can be accurately represented through two-and three-dimensional drawings made from standard viewing angles. Students will then apply these concepts to make basic hand drawings before getting started in SolidWorks in order to help students develop the ability to visualize objects from different viewing angles – something that is critical for creating solid models. Students will develop a proficiency in using SolidWorks to model parts of varying complexity, create assemblies to model mechanisms, and produce sets of engineering drawings.

Course Content:

  1. Starting SolidWorks
  2. Introduction to Drawing Concepts
  3. Introduction to Sketching
  4. Basic Part Design
  5. Introduction to Drawings
  6. Intermediate Part Design
  7. Introduction to Assembly Design
  8. Modeling Physical Systems
  9. Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
  10. Preparing for the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) – Academic Exam

Engineering 2: Programming

This class is a full year course that utilizes ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.x. Users learn key skills that easily transition to the real world, industry standard C-Programming languages used by professional engineers and computer scientists. ROBOTC has a similar look and feel as the programming environments used in the computer science industries, but also includes many useful tools that help beginner programmers to get up and running as quickly as possible:

  • All new Graphical Natural Language editor to easily program VEX IQ and VEX EDR robots.
  • Graphical Natural Language mode allows beginners to use simplified commands such as “Forward”, “LineTrack”, and “Repeat” loops.
  • The easy to use ROBOTC editor includes smart code indenting, automatic code completion, code formatting, and other tools to make programming even easier
  • Program robots using industry standard C-programming

ROBOTC’s real-time debugger allows users to run code line-by-line and monitor values on sensors, motors, and encoders in real time.

Course Content:

  1. Introduction to Programming
  2. Introduction to the VEX Cortex Hardware
  3. VEX Cortex System Configuration
  4. Moving Forward
  5. Speed and Direction
  6. Shaft Encoders
  7. Automated Straightening
  8. Joystick Mapping
  9. Timers
  10. Buttons
  11. Limiting the Arm
  12. Behaviors and Functions
  13. Forward Until Near the Ultrasonic Rangefinder
  14. Line Tracking

Engineering 3: Engineering Instrumentation and Analysis

This class is a full year course that introduces students to major fields of engineering through 5 units that feature research and/or design projects focused on specific engineering disciplines. Through the projects, students become familiar with standard engineering instrumentation used to acquire data, various strategies and tools used for analyzing data, and fundamental concepts from each of the engineering disciplines that is investigated. Technical communication (oral and written) is taught at the beginning of the course and emphasized throughout the remainder of the course.

Course Content:

  1. Effective Communication and Public Talking
  2. Introduction to Data Analysis
  3. Effective Communication and Technical Writing
  4. Basic Material Properties
  5. Truss Analysis & Design
  6. Digital Signal Processing
  7. Digital Imaging
  8. Electrical Circuits
  9. Analog Sensors
  10. Kinematics & Energy Transfer

Engineering 4: Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship

This class is a full year course that is equal parts business/entrepreneurship and engineering design. Students learn basic principles of business and entrepreneurship, including project management tools and agile development. These concepts are then integrated into multiple engineering design projects in which students work in teams to design and prototype new products. During the second semester, each team is also tasked with building a company around the product and developing a marketing plan and website.