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Engineering

All potential course offerings in the subject of Engineering are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 

 

 

 

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 210131

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description:  Aerospace Engineering is a fall semester course that explores flight vehicles and systems, covering space flight (spacecraft, rockets, satellites) and atmospheric flight (airplanes, helicopters, missiles) and the application of these concepts to other fields of engineering, such as automotive aerodynamics and materials engineering. The physics of space travel and science of life in space will also be explored. Students wishing to enroll in Durango Aerospace for the first time are encouraged to take this course in the fall.

 

DRAFTING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 211070

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: A beginning drafting course that teaches the fundamentals of drafting and mechanical drawing. This course is designed to introduce concepts and practices of the discipline of architecture and pre-engineering.

 

DURANGO AEROSPACE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 221061

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Durango Aerospace is a spring semester course in which students take part in a rigorous aerospace industry simulation while exploring such topics as astrophysics, sustainable agriculture, technical writing, psychology, architecture, graphic design, automation and marketing. Students will apply their learning to create the annual qualifying proposal, which is submitted to NASA judges. Because the request for proposal is different each year, this course may be repeated for credit.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 210061

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  None

Description: Introduction to Engineering is a year-long class that introduces the basics of mechanical and structural engineering and robotics through extensive use of hands-on projects. Woven throughout the course are technical writing and drawing skills, statistical analysis of prototypes and quality control processes. Students will explore the various specialties within engineering, apply the engineering design process, and develop their collaboration and communication skills through group and individual projects.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 210040

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Engineering

Description: Engineering Principles is a year-long course that builds upon the ideas introduced in Introduction to Engineering. New topics will include electrical engineering, manufacturing processes, materials properties and hydraulics/pneumatics. Students will engage in more complex projects that integrate the above topics with mechanical and structural engineering while reinforcing the technical writing, drawing, and math skills from Introduction to Engineering.

 

ROBOTICS | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 210091

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  None

Description:  Robotics is a one-semester course in which students build, program, troubleshoot and maintain robotics systems. Students will learn to use a variety of robot languages to program using sensors, actuators, and motors in order to complete challenges based on national competitions. Lego and VEX robot systems are used in this course.