Introduction to Design

Course Overview

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education. 

Introduction to Engineering Design is one of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering design process and how engineers use it to solve problems.
  • Discuss the different fields of engineering and their roles.
  • Use measurement and statistics to analyze the creation of a product.
  • Calculate area, volume, and weight of three-dimensional solids.
  • Generate and document ideas through brainstorming.
  • Use different types of sketches to share and document ideas.
  • Create sketches and solve problems using Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software.
  • Work effectively in a team to solve a design challenge.