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The STEM (Engineering) Pathway's goal is to prepare students for success as they enter post-secondary engineering programs and the engineering and manufacturing jobs now in demand in Alabama and throughout the United States. Aerospace, automotive, biotech, and other similar industries are choosing Alabama for expansion. Nationally, many of these same industries are predicting a serious shortage in the numbers of qualified college graduates who will be able to lead their companies in the future. The STEM (Engineering) Pathway is dedicating its efforts to preparing students for this great opportunity-to become our state and nation's next generation of top engineers and industry professionals.

The STEM (Engineering) Academy is affiliated with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national organization which provides engineering curriculum based on national standards. The academy offers a total of six courses which allow high school students to participate in hands-on activities and projects that create ways for students to apply engineering concepts to real world problems. Students learn how to use the same industry-leading 3D design software that's used by companies like Intel and Lockheed Martin.

Students present their engineering solutions to a public audience after they have conducted research and analyzed data. When combined with rigorous math and science courses, the PLTW courses prepare students for the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering a college engineering program.

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Course Sequence




Introduction to Engineering Design


Principles of Engineering


Digital Electronics


Engineering Design and Development (optional)



Course Description

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

This is a one credit course. Students should also be enrolled in college preparatory math and science courses. In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Principles of Engineering (POE)

The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Introduction to Engineering Design class and instructor approval. This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they'll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate

Digital Electronics (DE)

The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Principles of Engineering (POE) class and instructor approval. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Digital Electronics (DE) class and instructor approval. 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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