Learning Recommendations:  None

General Description: In this project-based course, math, science and engineering technology are integrated to teach students a problem solving design model and how it is used in industry to design and manufacture a product. Students learn how to apply this model to improve existing products and invent new ones. Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, students develop 3D solid modeling skills as they design, communicate and evaluate product designs. Emphasis is placed on innovation and communicating ideas to others. This class follows the nationally recognized “Project Lead the Way” curriculum.


  • Study of the Design Process
  • 3D Solid Modeling Skills using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software
  • Engineering Graphics Concepts and Terminology
  • Product Design and Innovation
  • Use of 3D printing and Laser Engraving/Cutting to create prototypes

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Multimedia offerings (Computer simulations, video features)
  • Demonstrations (teacher or student directed)
  • Student practice with software and engineering materials
  • Hands-on, student projects and research
  • Lecture/Discussion
  • Critical thinking exercises

Homework:  Homework will be assigned as needed for practice and review. On most nights, there will be no homework. However, depending on the unit of study, homework could average 10 minutes per night.

CTE Dual Credit: This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade may be eligible to earn college credit through the Tech Prep program. Students MUST register for CTE Dual Credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  Yes, see Course/Club/Misc. Fee link.