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CTE Engineering Technology Pathway

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Engineering Technology pathway offers students opportunities and experiences to explore and train for various careers in and related to engineering.

 

Valley View’s CTE Engineering Technology Pathway consists of 3 courses:

 

Year 1: Introduction to Engineering (IED)

A year-long UC-approved Laboratory Science (D) course. It is the introductory CTE course in the pathway and is highly recommended before taking Principles of Engineering. 

 
Invent, innovate, and get creative to design and build prototypes to compete and be a winning team in engineering design challenges! Students learn effective brainstorming techniques, successful teamwork strategies, the engineering design process, sketching techniques, elements of design, principles of measurement, and how to professionally create engineering documentation in engineering notebooks and using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software.  Introduction to Engineering Design is an applied, hands-on, activity-, project-, problem based class and uses Project Lead the Way curriculum. Students first engage in activities to learn engineering skills and common practices. Then, students are given design challenge projects to solve real world problems, innovate current products, invent something new, or be the best team to accomplish a task within a set of constraints. Students learn and implement CTE skills by creating a STEM resume and a website portfolio to showcase their accomplishments. Students also explore career possibilities and higher education and training options in guided lesson activities, by interacting with guest speakers, and possibly going on field trips.

 

 

Year 2: Principles of Engineering (POE)

A year-long Honors, UC-approved Laboratory Science (D) course. It is the CTE concentrator course in the pathway and a required prerequisite for the next course, Green Up and Go.

 

Pre-Requisites: Students must be in at least grade 10
Highly Recommended: Introduction to Engineering 

 

Build machines, power up using various energy sources such as rechargeable batteries, solar panels and fuel cells, and then add sensors and coding to invent and design robotic devices that perform various tasks. Principles of Engineering is an applied, hands-on, activity-, project-, problem based class and uses Project Lead the Way curriculum. Students learn and practice skills in mechanics, electronics, and computer science. These skills are combined with the engineering design process, effective teamwork strategies, and sketching and/or CAD documentation to create solutions and prototypes for engineering problems and challenges. Students complete projects and participate in competitions so that they can create STEM resumes and website portfolios to showcase their accomplishments and inventions. Students also explore career possibilities and higher education and training options by interacting with guest speakers, interviewing a STEM professional, researching their interests, and possibly going on field trips. Students expand their CTE skills by using career management tools and working on developing an education and career plan.

 

Year 3: Green Up and Go: The Physics of "Clean" Engineering

A year-long UC-approved Laboratory Science (D) course. It is the capstone CTE course for the Engineering Technology Pathway earning students CTE pathway complete on their transcripts.

 

Pre-Requisites: Students must be in at least grade 11, Chemistry, Principles of Engineering 

Highly Recommended: Introduction to Engineering

 

Green Up and Go offers students career-building experiences while learning to understand principles of physics, engineering, design, and green-clean technologies. Students, working individually and in teams, participate in STEM competitions and a series of hands-on learning activities and experimental projects such as building wind generators and transportation devices to explore various energy sources and transportation. Each project provides students opportunities to practice data collection, analysis, reflection, technical writing, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and CTE skills while learning key physics, engineering, and design concepts. Students share their projects and practice for career readiness by giving multimedia presentations. Students continue to explore career possibilities and further develop their education and career plans by interacting with guest speakers, interviewing a STEM professional, researching their interests, and possibly going on field trips. This course prepares students for success in college STEM majors as well as other training programs and jobs that can contribute to a greener, cleaner environment for us all.