Engineering Design and Development™
Summit Technology Academy: a 2019-2020 PLTW Distinguished School
Engineering Design and Development: Structural Solutions
This is a full-year engineering research course in which students work on two major engineering projects, as well as a research topic during the year.
Student design teams work on an open-ended problem in which they research, design, and construct a solution. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding PLTW courses, learn advanced physics and mathematical applications, and are guided by engineering mentors. Design teams must present progress reports, submit a final written report, and defend their solutions to a panel of Kansas City area engineering professionals at the end of the fall semester.
Prerequisite: B- or better in EDD, and a B- or better in the mathematical activities as presented by the instructor throughout EDD.
The Engineering Field Experience (EFE) course requires that students (AM section only) travel two days per week to Lee’s Summit City Hall and the Public Works Engineering Department. The engineering staff at HDR travel to STA two days per week. LSPW department assigns a city infrastructure project to the AM students. HDR provides instruction on the essentials of wastewater treatment plant design. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of structures, and fluid mechanics, which will be applied directly to the projects for LSPW and HDR. Watch the video at the right in which students share their experience in this one of a kind class!
- Grade: 12 ONLY
- 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
- Algebra II with a B or better
- Physics with a B or better
- Attendance 90%
- Outside class Internet access is required.
Recommended Math and Engineering Proficiency:
Average Math and Engineering grade: B- or higher; Pre-calculus (completed or concurrent enrollment) OR Physics with a B or higher
PLTW Member School Prerequisites:
- Completion of one of the following: Digital Electronics, CIM, or CEA with B or better
- Intro to Engineering Design AND Principles of Engineering with a B or better
High School Credits: 3 units (2 semesters)
LSR7 Weighted: .666
NON Lee’s Summit Schools Weighted Credit: Varies by school
Diploma Plus: EDD students will earn one Market Value Asset in an Entrepreneurial Experience Project
“As a freshman at the University of Missouri, I feel that many things have helped prepare me to work towards a degree in engineering. But, few have helped prepare me as much as Engineering Design and Development or EDD. Although, at times, trig may seem monotonous and the math may seem extensive, just trust Doc when he tells you that in the end, things will pay off. The class has not only helped prepare me for college but has given me a step ahead of the competition.” Derrick Price, MU Freshman