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Ryan Roulston

Teaches every engineering class you can contact him at rroulston(at)

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Pre: Successful completion of Algebra 1                                                                      Honors Credit
Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Students also learn how to analyse and interpret data.

Principles Of Engineering (POE)

Pre: Successful completion of IED                                                                              Honors Credit
Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, this survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. *This course DOES NOT fulfill the Physical Science requirement for graduation and may NOT be taken instead of Integrated Science or Chemistry, but does count as an additional science credit for graduation. NOTE: 1 st Semester may be a science or math 0.5 credit, 2nd semester may be a science or elective 0.5 credit. 

*Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

Pre: Successful completion of POE                                                                              Honors Credit
Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students. 

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

Pre: Successful completion of 3 years of Engineering classes                                          Honors Credit
In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. This course is appropriate for 12th grade students.
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