Engineering Department

Engineering Department

Overview
AP Computer Science Google Classroom Invite Code

Welcome to the West Campus Engineering Department!  Follow us on Instagram @westcampusengineering.  The emphasis is to get the students to be problem solvers using teamwork, a problem-solving process, and creativity

Change brings new possibilities. The focus for this year will be “Engineers Solve Problems as a Team.” The focus for 2022-23 will be “Engineers Impacting the Community” 

Mr. Brown is the engineering instructor for 1st, 2nd, and 4th year engineering. Mr. Spycher teaches the 3rd year of engineering. Mr. Brown also runs the AP Computer Science classes.  

Rocketry, Robotics, and GirlsWhoCode. 
If you’d like to participate in one of these programs for next year (2022-23) please fill out the Robotics, Rocketry, and GirlsWhoCode Interest form. You don’t have to be in the engineering classes to participate.  We need leaders to make these programs a success. Leadership is one of those qualities that scholarships and college applications are looking for. Plus, there’s nothing more rewarding than being part of a successful program. 
Parents - We are also looking for mentors and experts for Rocketry, Robotics, and Programming. Parents and other Business professionals are highly encouraged to participate in these programs as mentors and trainers. We also need volunteers to help with everything from chaperoning, planning, and helping with acquiring materials and supplies. 

Engineering Classes:

  • Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) 
  • Year 2 – Principles of Engineering - (POE)
  • Year 3 – Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)
  • Year 4 – Engineering Design & Development (EDD)

AP Computer Science Classes
The AP Computer Science classes are open to all students at west campus in all grade levels. Students can also take the class as independent study.  Here is the Google Classroom code for the 2022-23 school year. o6i5vc4 
The class is online and taught through www.projectstem.org. It is supported by Amazon for our school. Here is the Class Code to get more information and to sign up. Curriculum will be available to students in August. 

  • AP Computer Science Principles class (Open to all students) 
  • AP Computer Science A class (Open to all students)

Students are not required to start with Year 1 engineering but are encouraged to do so. Year 4 engineering is only open to students who have taken two or more years of engineering. 

We have three additional clubs/afterschool programs for the engineering students.

Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
First-year engineering students learn the process of engineering and applying that process with others. They learn how to create ideas, design, test, revise, innovate, understand underlying principals and properties, work together, and present their projects. These are not worksheets; they are designed for students to develop their own areas of skills and knowledge.

  • Engineering Units: 3D design, software engineering, architecture, graphics, reverse engineering, sketching, brainstorming, presenting, competitions, communication, problem solving, final project.
  • End-of-year project: Students prepare all year for this. They solve a problem that challenges them to use and enhance skills and knowledge from their previous projects. They will present these projects to all students during Engineering Day at the end of May. 
  • Value: Students learn the value of the skills and knowledge in each of their projects.

Examples of work for first year students can be found in the side panel. 

Year 2 – Principles of Engineering (POE)
Second-year engineering students take a more hands-on approach to learning. Projects are designed by the students so they can learn specific skills and knowledge. 

  • Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
  • End-of-year project: Students design a project that solves a problem that challenges them to use and enhance skills and knowledge from their previous projects. They present these projects to all students during Engineering Day at the end of May. 
  • Value: Students learn the value of the skills and knowledge in each of their projects.
  • Each student acquires at least one eMentor to advise and assist them in gaining insight and knowledge about their area of interest. They are also required to find outside experts for their end-of-year project.

Year 3 – Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software.

Year 4 – Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design & Development as they identify issues and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of parents and outside experts. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design & Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

For more information contact:
Mr. Brown
Engineering, Programming, & Technology Teacher
mica-brown@scusd.edu

American Rocketry Challenge
2019/2020

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Students have formed a team for the American Rocketry Challenge. 2019-20 will be our first year competing in this contest.

Teams of 3-10 students will design and build a rocket in order to qualify for the contest. Contest rules are at https://rocketcontest.org. This program will go through April or May 2020. Our first meeting was held on Wednesday, Sept. 25th, at lunch in Room 73. 

The team meets after school Fridays in room 73.

 

CREATE Engineering Program
After school in Room 73

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Team 2021 Gardeners of the Galaxy Team

CREATE is an afterschool program supported by Sacramento Builders Exchange.

  • Students work with mentors from the building industry, competing against other high schools in the Sacramento region.
  • The 2021 program met after school, for one hour, on Wednesdays in Room 73. 
  • Mentors from the building industry support the program.
  • The final competition is held in December each year. 

About the CREATE Program: