Engineering Pathway

Engineering Pathway at James Logan

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Logan, in conjunction with Mission Valley ROP, is offering a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathway!  
Students will take exciting, hands-on engineering courses developed with industry standards by Project Lead the Way.  

The PLTW Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program is a sequence of courses, which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout PTE, students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. They discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products? Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. Hello, NASA.   It’s STEM education and it’s at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.  The program is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields.

Students are recommended to take the following courses: 
Grade 8: Gateway to Engineering  (watch video)
Grade 9: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) 
Grade 10: Principles of Engineering (POE) 
Grade 11 & 12: Civil Engineering and Architecture; Computer Science & Software Engineering

(Students may start with either the IED or POE course in high school, even if they did not take the grade 8 course.)

Visit PLTW.org to learn more about the program.


Learn more about Engineering courses

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
10 Credits, One Year,  One Period, Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Meets CSU and UC ’g’ Visual and Performing Arts college entrance requirement. 
Prerequisite:  Interest in engineering, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics.  

This course is designed for those students interested in Engineering as a career.  The course provides hands-on instruction in a variety of related technologies.  Scientific principals, mathematical concepts, and communication skills are experienced and learned through an activity oriented approach.  Robotics, electronics, fluid systems, mechanical mechanisms and computer design technologies will be explored.  Using a team approach, students will research, design and build projects for practical application as well as possible competitive events.  Students will combine interdisciplinary skills to produce a final product using design systems.  Projects will include team design of an engineering problem, a production plan, engineering drawing, cost estimate, and a technical report.  This course introduces the student to the world of engineering and technology by learning about the fields of engineering and experiencing three-dimensional thinking while problem solving.  The fields of engineering, CAD, mechanics, computer technology, electronics and robotics have been chosen for their implication in the economics of the Silicon Valley. 


Principles of Engineering Design (POE)
10 Credits, One Year,  One Period, Grades 10, 11, 12
Meets CSU and UC ’g’ Visual and Performing Arts college entrance requirement.
Prerequisite:  Interest in engineering, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science.  Students are highly encouraged to have taken the Introduction to Engineering.

This second-year foundation course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a post secondary engineering course of study.  Students employ critical thinking, creativity, innovation and engineering concepts in the solution of engineering design problems.  Principles of Engineering Design ™ (POE) follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning, engaging students on multiple levels and exposing them to areas of study that they might not otherwise pursue.  They discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products?  Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges.  Students will continue to use industry recognized 3D modeling software learned in IED in the previous year.  They’ll design, test and construct devices – think machines and robotics.  Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics.
Throughout POE, students apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.  Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community.  POE is intended to serve as a second of two foundation courses within the Project Lead The Way course sequence.  


Computer Science & Software Engineering (CSE)
10 Credits, One Year, 
This course meets the CSU and the UC subject ‘g’ elective college entrance requirement.
Prerequisite: Some background in computer science is recommended but not required.  This is an introductory course and is designed for students who wish to explore computer science with lots of hands on activities.  

This course implements the College Board’s CS Principles framework. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. This course can be a student's first course in computer science, although we encourage students without prior computing experience to start with an introductory course. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. The course aligns with CSTA 3B standards.  The course also aims to engage students to consider issues raised by the present and future societal impact of computing.  


Capstone Course at Mission Valley ROP - Civil Engineering & Architecture

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20 Credits, One Year, Two Periods, Grades 11, 12
Meets CSU and UC “g” Elective college entrance requirement
Location:  Mission Valley ROP Center in Fremont
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Design or Principles of Engineering.  

In this Project Lead the Way (PLTW) capstone course, students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture applying their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. Students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects, will communicate and present proposals to their peers and members of a professional community if engineers and architects.   


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