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Engineering Curriculum and Standards

 
 
Curriculum Change for 2017-2018
        This school year, Central Magnet has transitioned from PLTW (Project Lead The Way) courses to the Tennessee Department of Education Engineering curriculum found at https://www.tn.gov/education/article/cte-cluster-stem. Information about the classes we will offer are found by choosing the Engineering tab under Programs of Study at the link posted above. Then, just click on the class you want to know more about. 
        Moving to this new curriculum will allow us more flexibility to dig deeper into content areas and expand our projects to more real world applications, implement cross curricular activities, and work on CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) projects in the classroom. The Technology Student Association, www.tsaweb.org, will be the CTSO that we join for this school year and will we will implement TSA style competitions as part of our curriculum. The classes are designed to be taken in sequential order. Listed below, you can find a brief description of the classes we will offer during the next school year:
 
Year 1 - Principals of Engineering and Technology : Mrs. Murphy, Instructor

Principles of Engineering and Technology is a foundation course in the STEM cluster for students interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology. This course covers basic skills required for engineering and technology fields of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to identify and explain the steps in the engineering design process. They can evaluate an existing engineering design, use fundamental sketching and engineering drawing techniques, complete simple design projects using the engineering design process, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.

 

Year 2 - Engineering Design 1 : Mr. Guthrie, Instructor

Engineering Design I is a fundamental course in the STEM cluster for students interested in developing their skills in preparation for careers in engineering and technology. The course covers essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for post secondary engineering and technology fields of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to describe various engineering disciplines, as well as admissions requirements for post secondary engineering and engineering technology programs in Tennessee. They will also be able to identify simple and complex machines; calculate ratios related to mechanisms; explain fundamental concepts related to energy; understand Ohm’s Law; follow the steps in the engineering design process to complete a team project; and effectively communicate design solutions to others.

 

Year 3 - Engineering Design 2 : Mrs. Murphy, Instructor

Engineering Design II is an applied course in the STEM career cluster for students interested in further developing their skills as future engineers. This course covers knowledge, skills, and concepts required for post secondary engineering and technology fields of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to explain the differences between scientists and engineers, understand the importance of ethical practices in engineering and technology, identify components of control systems, describe differences between laws related to fluid power systems, explain why material and mechanical properties are important to design, create simple free body diagrams, use measurement devices employed in engineering, conduct engineering economic analysis, follow the steps in the engineering design process to complete a team project, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.

 

Year 4 - Engineering Practicum : Mr. Guthrie, Instructor - 

Engineering Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Engineering courses within a professional, working environment. In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by engineers and technologists in the workplace, students learn to refine their skills in problem solving, research, communication, data analysis, teamwork, and project management. 

 

Below are some websites of previous senior capstone projects:

Liquid Body Armor - http://liquidbodyarmor.weebly.com/

H2Okra - http://h2okra.weebly.com/

Student desk - http://parateinodesk.weebly.com/

 

 

GRADUATION CORD REQUIREMENTS

For a student to receive Engineering Cords for graduation, the following criteria must be met:

* The student must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in all Engineering classes

* The student must complete at least 10 service hours per year for each year you are at CMS. These hours are on top of the 25 required CMS hours and any other hours that other clubs may require

* The student must compete in an engineering based competition like the NASA Human Rover Contest, ACE Club, TSA, Science Olympiad, BEST, VEX or FIRST Robotics. You must compete in 3 of the 4 years you are at Central Magnet to be eligible – please see the specific exclusions below:

Class of 2018 – This is not a requirement for this year’s seniors, but it is recommended and would be a great part of your high school experience.   

Class of 2019 – must compete for one or more years

Class of 2020 – must compete for two or more years

Class of 2021 and beyond – must meet the 3 or more year requirement

Competitions prior to the 2017-18 school year are eligible for this requirement 

* students must be a member of TSA every year you are at Central Magnet

* students must complete the senior thesis engineering project with a score of 90 or above