Engineering Science Honors

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Course Syllabus


Instructor:  Mr. Noel A. De La Cruz, B.S.E.E. Classroom:  SPHS C306
Google Classroom Code: wp6cp6w

Phone:   956-270-1600 x4166 Office Hours (tutoring): TBA
Class Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CST - (Required attendance first 30-45 min during remote learning)

Required Course Material:

Composition Notebook (Quad-ruled/graph paper)

 1” 3 ring binder

loose-leaf paper

writing instrument

1 - pair of earphones for audio listening

Optional Course Material: USB storage device, scientific calculator, pencil sharpener, rubber eraser, scissors, scotch tape, color pencils, pencil box, glue stick

Principles Of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech career POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.

To be successful in POE, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

Principles Of Engineering is the second of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

 The course of study includes:

  • Mechanisms

  • Energy Sources

  • Energy Applications

  • Machine Control

  • Fluid Power

  • Statics

  • Material Properties

  • Material Testing

  • Statistics

  • Kinematics

Classroom Expectations: 

  • Maintain respect for your teacher, and fellow classmates. 

  • Respect all classroom materials and equipment, do not damage, destroy, vandalize anything that does not belong to you or you will be responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing it.

  • Comply with all school rules and regulations

  • No food or drink may be consumed in the classroom.

  • Comply with all district computer usage policies

  • Listen attentively

  • No talking while someone is addressing the class

  • Be on time to class, you will be sent for tardy slips for any reason you are not in your seat at the time the tardy bell rings. An administrator will decide whether an excuse is valid.

  • Attend every class, you may fall behind or hold your teammates back if you are not in attendance.

  • No cell phones/electronic devices unless authorized by the teacher as part of the lesson/project and should only be used under District BYOD guidelines.

  • Ask questions! If you do not understand or want to learn more about a subject just ask.

  • Participate enthusiastically in discussions and projects, and encourage others to participate.

  • Appreciate other points of view

  • Stay on topic

  • Turn in your own work, be honest with yourself and your teacher

  • Be prepared to work and to have fun!

Only you can determine the outcome of this class.

Grading Policy: 

  • 60% - Major Assignments (Tests, Projects, Reports, Engineering Portfolio, Essays)

  • 40% - Minor Assignments (Daily Classwork, Participation, Activities, Assignments, Labs, Engineering Notebook, etc.)