CEA 1XX: Introduction to Solid Modeling & Engineering Design

Register NowRequest More Info

Introduction to Solid Modeling & Engineering Design is a two-semester course that teaches students basic hand drawing techniques, 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and solid modeling and introduces students to fundamental concepts related to engineering design. We have partnered with SolidProfessor to provide the same SolidWorks tutorial videos that they deliver to industry clients.

  • Target Audience: 9th – 12th grades
  • Pre-/Co-requisites: Algebra I
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Orthographic projections, isometric views and standard dimensioning practices
    • Multiple extrusion and cut-out techniques
    • Sketch-based and applied features
    • Two-dimensional projections of solid parts
    • Assemblies and exploded views
    • Basic animations
    • Engineering design process
  • Hard Skills:
    • Proficiency in SolidWorks (2D & 3D)
  • Soft Skills:
    • Written communication – Engineering Memos & correspondence with TAs
    • Oral communication – informal presentations, communication with TAs
    • Group work (as learning environment allows)

CEA 2XX: Engineering Instrumentation & Analysis

Register NowRequest More Info

Available August 2017 for returning CEA students and CEA Partner Schools

Engineering Instrumentation & Analysis is a two-semester course that introduces students to major fields of engineering through 5-9 week units that feature research and/or design projects focused on specific engineering disciplines. Through the projects, students become familiar with standard engineering instrumentation used to acquire data, various strategies and tools for analyzing data, and fundamental concepts from each of the engineering disciplines that is investigated. Technical communication (oral and written) is formally taught at the beginning of the course and emphasized throughout the remainder of the course.

  • Target Audience: 10th – 12th grades
  • Pre-/Co-requisites: Geometry
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Effective Oral Communication
    • Effective Written Communication (Technical Writing)
    • Univariate and Bivariate Data Analysis
    • Application of Newton’s Laws to Truss Analysis using the Method of Joints
    • Basic Material Properties
    • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
    • Digital Signal Processing, Digital Sound, Digital Imaging/Video
    • Electrical Circuits (DC, Resistive)
    • Basic Kinematics and Energy Transfer
    • Development of Numerical Models of Physical Systems (Trusses, Circuits)
  • Hard Skills:
    • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel)
    • Proficiency in presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint)
    • Working knowledge of type-setting using LaTeX
    • Building simple circuits on breadboards
    • Proficiency in measuring voltage and current with a multimeter
    • Working knowledge of modeling circuits using National Instruments’ Multisim
    • Working knowledge of developing numerical models of physical systems
  • Soft Skills:
    • Written communication – Engineering Memos, correspondence with TAs, formal technical papers
    • Oral communication – formal presentations, communication with TAs
    • Group work (as learning environment allows)

CEA 3XX: Engineering Computations (with MATLAB and/or LabVIEW)

Register NowRequest More Info

Engineering Computations is offered in both one-semester and two-semester formats. This course introduces students to fundamental programming logic and concepts that are implemented in the context of engineering applications using MATLAB and/or LabVIEW. Specific applications include data analysis and visualization, digital signal processing, and modeling of physical systems. The content of the course is consistent with what is taught in an introductory programming course for engineers at the undergraduate level.

  • Target Audience: 10th – 12th grades
  • Pre-/Co-requisites: Geometry
  • MATLAB is a text-based, sequential programming environment.
    • MATLAB is quickly becoming a staple in undergraduate engineering curricula for teaching, programming and implementing computational solutions to engineering problems.
  • LabVIEW is a graphical (dataflow) programming environment.
    • LabVIEW has been used by millions of engineers and scientists for industrial applications and advanced research for over 20 years because of its ability to interact with a variety of data acquisition and control hardware. This ability of the software coupled with increased interest in robotics at the high school and undergraduate levels has led to increased use of LabVIEW as a design tool in undergraduate engineering courses.
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Data Types and Data Structures
    • Programming Syntax
    • Loop and Flow Control Structures
    • Screen-directed and Graphical Input and Output
    • File Input and Output
    • Modeling of Physical Systems
    • Development of User-defined Functions
    • Error Trapping
    • Data Acquisition (LabVIEW, as resources allow)
    • State Machines (LabVIEW)
  • Hard Skills:
    • Proficiency in programming concepts and structures that are common to all languages
    • Proficiency in text-based (sequential) programming using MATLAB
    • Proficiency in graphical (dataflow) programming using LabVIEW
  • Soft Skills:
    • Written communication – Engineering Memos, correspondence with TAs, formal technical papers
    • Oral communication – formal presentations, communication with TAs, original screencasts
    • Group work (as learning environment allows)

CEA 4XX: Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship

Request More Info

Available August 2018

Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship will be offered in both one-semester and two-semester formats. Students learn fundamental principles of business, entrepreneurship and project management along with a more in-depth study of the Engineering Design Process. Students have the opportunity to apply these concepts through senior design projects that tackle real-world problems.

  • Target Audience: 12th grade
  • Pre-/Co-requisites: Pre-Calculus
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Principles of Business Start-up – Funding Sources, Product Viability, Market Research, Creating Business Models/Plans, Types of Businesses, Patent/Trademark Issues, Aesthetics, Marketing Plans, Branding
    • Project Management and Development Methodology
    • Design concepts – Stanford d.School Approach
  • Hard Skills:
    • Working knowledge of Business Model Canvas
    • Working knowledge of Gantt chart development and implementation
    • Working knowledge of Asana for project management
    • Working knowledge of design tools – Attributes List, User Interviews/Focus Testing, Pairwise Comparison Chart, Prototyping & Testing
  • Soft Skills:
    • Written communication – Engineering Memos, correspondence with TAs, formal technical papers, informal technical reports, business and marketing plans, creation of product website
    • Oral communication – formal and informal design presentations, communication with TAs, marketing presentations
    • Group work (as learning environment allows)