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Computer Science and Software Engineering (Project Lead the Way)

As students follow the Project Lead the Way course sequence, they develop programming expertise and explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.

During the course sequence students strengthen skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Projects and case problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation.

Course Sequence:

Level I-Introduction to Engineering Design (1.0)

  • Students in Introduction to Engineering dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects.
  • They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Level II-Honors Principles of Engineering (1.0)

  • Through problems that engage and challenge, students in Principles of Engineering explore a broad range of engineering topics.
  • Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Level III-AP Computer Science Principles (1.0)

  • This course will focus on creativity, the use of technology to solve computational problems and the impact of computing on people and society.
  • The Computer Science Principles course will treat programming as one of the seven big ideas of computer science: computing is a creative activity; abstraction reduces information and detail to facilitate focus on relevant concepts; data and information facilitate the creation of knowledge; algorithms are used to develop and express solutions to computational problems; programming enables problem-solving, human expression, and creation of knowledge.

Level IV-Honors Engineering Design and Development (1.0)

  • Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

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Associated Industry Jobs/Careers:

  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Scientists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Management Consultants
  • Software Developers

Associated College Majors:

  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Information Science
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Neuroscience