Academy of Engineering at Wheaton High School

Engineering Academy 

Contact Information

Rich Scott
Academy Leader
301-321-3400

Maryland State Certified Project Lead the Way Program

In the engineering Academy, students learn and apply the design process, develop strong teamwork and communication skills, and are challenged to think critically and solve problems that are relevant to the field of engineering. Students discover the answers to questions about how things are made and what processes go into creating products. Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics, and space Life Sciences. Students design, test, and construct circuit and basic electronic devices and work collaboratively on the culminating capstone project.

 

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English

English 9/ Honors

English

English 10/ Honors

English

English 11/ Honors/ AP

English

English 12/ Honors/ AP

Mathematics

Algebra 2/ Honors or

Geometry/ Honors or

Algebra 1

Mathematics

Pre-calculus/ Honors or

Algebra 2/ Honors or

Geometry/ Honors

Mathematics

AP Calculus AB/ BC or

Pre-calculus/ Honors or

Algebra 2/ Honors

Mathematics

AP Statistics/ Multivariable Calculus or

AP Calculus AB/ BC or

Pre-calculus/ Honors

Science

Honors Biology,

Honors Physics, or

AP Physics I

Science

Honors Chemistry

Honors Biology

Science

Honors Chemistry

Honors Physics

AP Physics I

Science

AP Physics and/ or

other AP Science

Social Studies

U.S. History/ Honors/ AP

Social Studies

National, State, & Local Government / Honors/ AP

Social Studies

Modern World History/ Honors/ AP

College Coursework

World Language

World Language1

World Language1

Physical Education and Free Elective

Academy Coursework

Introduction to Engineering Design

Academy Coursework

Principles of Engineering

Academy Coursework

Digital Electronics

Academy Coursework

Engineering Design and Development

Physical Education

Health and Elective Coursework 2

Academy Coursework

Aerospace Engineering or

Civil Engineering and Architecture

Fine Arts

1 World Language: French Italian, Spanish, or Chinese (choose one language).

2 Elective Coursework: Fine Arts/ Music (choose as needed).

Summer Enrichment or Internship Suggested in the summer between Grade 11 and 12. Students find their own internship.

 

Academy Course Descriptions


Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application.

Principles of Engineering (POE)

Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Students develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, this survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering courses.

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals. This course is designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students.

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.

Digital Electronics (DE)

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. This course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation, and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.

Capstone Course: Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

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 defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. Appropriate for 12th graders.