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CEA 120: Introduction to Solid Modeling & Engineering Design

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.

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)

Base Course Price: $750.00
Sale Price: $700.00
Savings: $50.00
CEA 340: Engineering Computations with MATLAB & LabVIEW

Engineering Computations with MATLAB & LabVIEW is a two-semester course that introduces students to fundamental programming logic and concepts that are implemented in the context of engineering applications using MATLAB and LabVIEW. MATLAB is a text-based, sequential programming environment that is quickly becoming a staple in undergraduate engineering curricula for teaching, programming and implementing computational solutions to engineering problems. 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.

Specific programming 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

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)

Base Course Price: $750.00
Sale Price: $700.00
Savings: $50.00
CEA 220: Engineering Instrumentation & Analysis

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 Communication and Public Talking
  • Introduction to Data Analysis (Univariate & Bivariate)
  • Effective Communication and Technical Writing
  • Materials Engineering
    • Basic Material Properties
  • Civil Engineering
    • Truss Analysis & Design
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Digital Signal Processing
    • Digital Imaging
    • Electrical Circuits
  • Analog Sensors
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Kinematics
    • Energy and Energy Transfer

Hard Skills:

  • Proficiency in spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel), presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint), type-setting using LaTeX
  • Proficiency building basic circuits using breadboards
  • Understanding of basic instrumentation and how measurements are made with analog sensors
  • Working knowledge of how to develop numerical models of physical systems

Soft Skills:

  • Effective written communication – daily documentation of work, regular reflective writing assignments, informal correspondence with TAs, and formal technical papers
  • Effective oral communication – regular face-to-face communication with TAs and formal presentations
  • Group work (as learning environment allows)

Base Course Price: $750.00
Sale Price: $700.00
Savings: $50.00