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.
A Sample of Course Offerings
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 to “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 handheld tools, gas torches, and electric welding. Activities may include cold cutting, grinding, gas cutting and gas and electric welding. With a 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.
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
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.
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
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.