Engineering is designing and creating solutions to address particular human problems with technology that includes all types of systems and processes—everything from a hammer to a computer. Technologies result when engineers apply their understanding of the physical world to creatively solve problems. Students taking courses in this department will learn and practice problem-solving, systems thinking, innovation, teamwork, iteration, and communication. The broad-based skills that students will learn by taking courses in DET will prepare them for work-based learning, apprenticeships, careers in the trades, advanced trade schools, community college, college and beyond.
Intro to DET ( Design, Engineering and Technology)
This class is a project based problem solving course. After learning the fundamentals of design and safe tool use, students will create an independent project of their own based on a real world problem that they can solve with the material resources available. One example would be “design a freestanding object that consists of five parts that fit together.” Students will define the problem, prototype a solution, test their solution and finish their project by reporting on their process.
Projects in Wood
This course looks at the principles of using wood as a technological tool. Students will work in teams to study applications of structural design as it relates to construction using wood. For example, students will tackle larger challenges such as the building of a small structure or modifying an existing one.
Projects in Metal
This course looks at the principles of using metal as a technological tool. With mild steel as the primary material, students study and practice basic metal shop methods, including but not limited to cutting and simple metal fabrication using multiple hand held tools, gas torches, and electric welding. Activities may include cold cutting, grinding, gas cutting and gas and electric welding. With practical understanding of one’s ability within the metal shop, each student will be responsible for designing, planning, and constructing an individual metal functional object.
Projects in Mechanics
Students will learn the principles of simple engines and build on that knowledge to explore mechanical systems and the relationships between the systems. Hands on experience reinforces the need for quality workmanship. Students learn to find and repair typical problems affecting engine power and performance, the theory of operation, and the recommended preventative maintenance for all systems. Projects may include engine restoration, building recreational vehicles, etc.
Invent to Learn
This course will look at electronics combined with modern fabrication methods as technological tools. Students will learn to use resources such as the 3D printers, laser cutter and CNC machines to make gadgets of their own design. They will then add a “brain” to these designs by building and programming small controllers. This class will use a problem-based learning methodology after which students will be able to continue with their own projects.
Metal Sculpture introduces LA students to basic fabrication of mild steel. With Art Fundamentals as the prerequisite, all students are encouraged to take the class; including students who are interested in technical metal applications such as welding, torch cutting, grinding, etc. Each trimester students are guided through the metal shop, introducing tools with a strong focus on safety and proper tool usage. Sculpture is discussed from a contemporary art discourse, however this is done in a way in which is accessible to all! Artists and non artists! Students at any level of experience will learn to feel confident in the shop, learning how to manipulate steel and weld properly, with safety as paramount and creativity as our goal. Students can retake metal sculpture; with each additional trimester, a student’s curriculum will become more independently driven. Prerequisite – Art Fundamentals
This course will prepare students to compete in the VEX Robotics Winter Competition season (November – January). Topics include: engineering design, electronics, construction, programming using RobotC, designing using virtual worlds. Students can retake robotics; with each additional trimester, a student’s curriculum will become more independently driven. Prerequisites: currently enrolled in Algebra I, or successful completion of Algebra I
Independent Project in DET
Students may complete an independent project with one of the DET instructors with the approval of the instructor and the guidance office.
Senior Independent Project – Community Capstone
This course will be a capstone project for a student who is interested in moving beyond the introductory courses already offered. Each student will need to write and present a project proposal, choose a community mentor, formulate a design, meet with their mentor for feedback, keep a log of their work, and make a final presentation to the school community on their project. Their work will be assessed by a Lincoln Academy instructor and the community mentor.
We will work with students, local businesses and the work-based learning program to secure an apprenticeship in a trade that matches the student’s interest.
Exploring Computer Science
This course will explore the basic concepts of computer science, technology and the digital world – useful and accessible for any student at Lincoln Academy regardless of familiarity with technology! There are six units – human computer interaction, problem solving, web design, programming, computing and data analysis, and robotics. When learning these concepts we will use a variety of tools/platforms, and culminate with final projects around the following topics: Prerequisites: Algebra I
AP Computer Science Principles
This Advanced Placement course offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. The “seven big ideas” explored in this course are: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, global impact. Prerequisites: junior or senior
Applied Technology and Engineering
In this projects-based course, students explore a variety of engineering problems. The first part of the course is focused on developing the tools of design: understanding usability, identifying needs and analyzing solutions, working collaboratively, and communicating ideas with sketches and software. During the second and third parts of the course, students pursue a series of independent and team projects that expose them to several different types of engineering.
Computer Aided Design
This year long course enables students to enhance their skills in the use of AutoCAD drafting software. The students are provided with opportunities to design and develop engineering products to be machined. Students visit businesses in the community which use CAD applications. This course offers opportunities to enhance the problem-solving and team skills used in everyday life.
This year long course provides students with an overview of the process involved in the design and drafting of homes. Students increase their knowledge to individually design a home, develop a basic set of plans and build a ¼ scale model. Students take field trips to building sites and visit architectural firms in the area. Activities include the use of computer aided drafting software and manual drafting equipment. Final blueprints and model of their project are presented at a year-end activity.
Topics in Engineering (offered after school)
This course exposes students to a range of engineering disciplines such as structural, electrical, aerospace, and biomedical so that they may gain an understanding and appreciation for the work that engineers do, why it is important, and how an engineering career can be both rewarding and fulfilling. Significant accomplishments within each of the disciplines are discussed in their historical context, with an emphasis the application of scientific principles and the scientific method. Examples are chosen to show, how engineering achievements require vision, dedication, discipline and teamwork. The course also presents the systematic approach to problem solving that is used in all branches of engineering including project management methods, and building and leading project teams. The course also provides an overview of current techniques including mathematical modeling, finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. Prerequisites: Trigonometry and Calculus