Welcome to Mr. Collins'
2020-21 Engineering Page
Welcome to Mr. Collins Blended Learning Studio
New Classroom: H-102 (effective 4/6/2021)
I will respond to emails within 24 hours
Students may also contact me through the Remind application. Remind class codes will be shared on Google Classroom.
Check GOOGLE CLASSROOM daily.
Announcements, synchronous and asynchronous assignments, weekly schedules, distribution of course resources, and submission of work will be communicated through Google Classroom.
✦ Blended Learning Instructional Routines
Attendance will be taken for all students daily. Synchronous (in-person) attendance will be taken during class. Asynchronous (at-home) attendance will be taken through completion of assigned activities.
You are responsible for completing assignments on synchronous days and on asynchronous days. Asynchronous assignments will be communicated and submitted through Google Classroom and due by 3:00 pm..
✦ Instructor Support
I will be available to answer questions in-class on synchronous days and via email or the Remind application on asynchronous days.
Please consider that your cohort's asychronous days are another cohort's synchronous days. As such, I will be unable to respond to emails or Remind messages while school is in session.
If additional support is needed, please email me to request a meeting.
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We will be using Google Classroom to post and submit Electronic assignments. Each student will receive an access code to enter the class that will be sent to your student email and posted here for your reference. If you have any difficulties, please email me ASAP.
All important information such as the course syllabus, calendar, assignments, and other pertinent resources will be shared on GOOGLE CLASSROOM
Submission of work, assessment information, and grades/feedback will be communicated through Aeries.
REMEMBER: When logging into GOOGLE CLASSROOM, be sure to use your CVUSD Google Account
(password: Capital First Initial followed by lowercase 2nd initial followed by last 5 digits of student ID).
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering
Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution
of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB)
teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-
ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other
Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems
as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer
review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according
to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and
communicate solutions. In addition the development of computational methods that are commonly used in
engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical
issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is a high-school-level specialization course in the
PLTW Engineering Program. In CEA students are introduced to 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. Using the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and
learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-
ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation,
communication, and other professional skills.
Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students solve
problems as they practice common design and development protocols, such as project
management and peer review. Students will develop skills in engineering calculations, technical
representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical
standards, and use of current 3-D architectural design and modeling software to represent and
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program.
It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an
original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process.
Students will perform research to select, define, and justify a problem. After carefully defining the design
requirements and creating multiple solution approaches, teams of students select an approach, create, and test
their solution prototype. Student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While
progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually
hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and
their understanding of the design process.
Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students.
Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem
solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as
the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the
PLTW foundation courses.
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