Introduction to Engineering Design
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school
level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In IED students are
introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution
of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the
activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students
will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended
projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation,
communication, and other professional skills.

Through both individual and collaborative team
activities, projects, and problems, students will problem solve as they
practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project
management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical
representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted
technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software
to represent and communicate solutions. In addition the development of
computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving,
including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized.
Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are
also presented.

IED Unit Summary
1 Design Process
2 Technical Sketching and Drawing
3 Measurement and Statistics
4 Modeling Skills
5 Geometry of Design
6 Reverse Engineering
7 Documentation
8 Advanced Computer Modeling
9 Design Team
10 Design Challenges