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If you've created an Intro to Engineering credit or half credit for your student, could you please share what resources you used or plan to use?

 

So far I have Everyday Engineering from The Great Courses, but I'd need some more resources. I'm trying to make it a half credit. I'd also like to have my ds shadow some engineer friends for a day if we can arrange it. 

 

What assignments did you give your student?

 

TIA!!

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you could also use this book as well for assignments:

http://www.ck12.org/book/Engineering%253A-An-Introduction-for-High-School/

https://www.amazon.com/CK-12-Engineering-Introduction-High-School-ebook/dp/B0042XA32Q

 

seach college Intro Engineering classes for detailed syllabi to get an idea for content

some public schools around here offer University of AZ ENGR 102 in high school which is project based.

http://www.engineering.arizona.edu/k12/k12_102_HS

good luck 

 

added:

http://digitalcommons.olin.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=ahs_capstone_2012

http://rustlertech.gfps.k12.mt.us/cmr%20science/Intro_to_Engineering/intro_to_engineering_syllabus.htm

 

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We tried a few free "Intro Engineering" web type classes (non-credit) such as Brown U but all seem boring to DS so he dropped them. ( I thought they were pretty bad as well).

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We're doing Intro to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science through MIT Open Courseware. They have all kinds of fun stuff, and it's free.

 

DS almost certainly will not finish the whole course within the year (would be a semester at MIT) but he sure is having fun so far! :)

 

 

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Michelle, can you please share what you ended up doing for this and how it went? I'm thinking about the same type of credit for next year. Thanks!

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I highly recommend 'Understanding the World's Greatest Structures:  Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity' from the Great Courses.  Not only does it cover structural engineering and architecture, but it's a superb review of some of the most important structures built across time.  So it can be a great historical resource as well!  The professor is eminently knowledgeable and accessible.  I find cross-curricular resources very valuable.

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I swear I remember posts on the forums about a 4 year series of high school courses about engineering that were being offered by some university (in the South I think). I think you self-study through the courses, and there are TAs from the university that support the program. For the life of me, I can not remember the name. Maybe someone who does will chime in.

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Sorry for the late reply! My twin sons have only been watching the Everyday Engineering lectures so far. This class has gone on the back burner, unfortunately. We are playing catchup now and looking at our next steps. I definitely plan to have them spend time shadowing some engineers we know and writing reports about their jobs.

 

Also, they are taking a drafting/applied engineering class next year at our local co-op so I'm considering combining those on their transcript. 

 

Thanks for the other ideas on this thread!

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