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Engineering Design & Development

Students work in teams to research and design a solution to an open-ended engineering problem.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)—Students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem.  Students apply principles developed in preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor.  They must present progress reports, submit a final written report, and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.  EDD meets the UC elective (“g”) credit requirement for admission.

Engineering Design and Development is the capstone course in the Project Lead the Way 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.



  • Industry Sector: Engineering and Architecture
  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Eligible
  • Level: Capstone
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: G - General Elective (1 year required)
  • Certifications: ROP Career Pathway Completion Certificate
  • Class Location(s): Katella HS, Oxford Academy, Sunny Hills HS, Western HS, NOCROP Regional Courses
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online (www.onetonline.org) for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.