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Science Research Design (SRD Focus on Civil Engineering)

SRD is the capstone course in the high school engineering program. It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work independently and in teams to design and develop solutions to well-defined open-ended problems by applying an engineering design process. The teacher works with the students to define time-limited projects clustered around a particular field of study. Students will perform research, develop design requirements, creating solution approaches, and prototype and test solutions where feasible. Students will present their work in a professional manner using various media. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts/mentors and will continually hone their organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem-solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.


SRD is a high school-level course that is appropriate for 12th-grade students. Students entering this course need to be highly motivated and willing to spend the effort in designing solutions to assigned problems in their field of study.  Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem-solving and guiding the student through the design process. SRD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. SRD should be a capstone course since it requires the application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the PLTW foundation courses.


Course Objectives:

The Engineering Design and Development course of study includes:

- Engineering Design Processes

- Project Management

- Documenting an Engineering Design Process

- Teamwork and Professional Skills

- Problem Identification and Justification

- Research

- Intellectual Property

- Design Requirements

- Project Proposals

- Design

- Virtual Design and Testing

- Preliminary Design Reviews

- Prototyping

- Testing a Prototype

- Presenting the Process and Results