Technology, Engineering and Design

The Technology, Engineering and Design Pathway is designed to give students a chance to explore and gain experience in the world of modern technology. In these courses, students will learn about the advances and innovation within the design, engineering, and information systems fields. Through hands-on experiences with simulations, projects, case studies, and guest instructors, students will also gain cultural competency, leadership skills and ethics, all of which are critical to the needs of today’s workforce.

Course Options

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (grades 9-12)
  • Principles of Engineering (grades 10-12)
  • Global Technology Communication (grades 10-12)
    • embeds AP Computer Science Principles and Reading & Writing in the Digital Age
  • Java Programming (grades 10-12)

Other Exploratory Courses within the TED Pathway

  • How to Make Almost Anything (grades 9-12)
  • Intro to Coding (grades 9-12)
  • Digital Art & Design (grades 9-12)
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Technology, Engineering and Design Course Descriptions

Introduction to Engineering Design

Students will be introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems using the engineering design process. 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. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions and use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. This year-long course is offered through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that offers teacher training and curricular support. 

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 3
  • Type: Full Year; Elective
  • Post-Secondary Connection: Completion of course and a passing score on final exam results in 3.0 college credits through the University of Minnesota or St. Cloud State University

Principles of Engineering

This year-long course is offered through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that offers teacher training and curricular support. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. 

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12 
  • Credit: 3 
  • Type: Full Year; Elective 
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design 
  • Post-Secondary Connection: Completion of course and a passing score on final exam results in 3.0 college credits through the University of Minnesota or St. Cloud State University 

Global Technology Communications

This year-long course allows students to gain a full-year of elective credit in AP Computer Science Principles and 3 ELA core credits in Reading & Writing in the Digital Age. The class will operate in a double-block together to allow flexibility for each day so students can engage in simulations, travel to local businesses, and participate in project-based learning. Students will be contacted after registration for an interview. 

In Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles, students are introduced to the foundations of computer science with a focus on how computing powers the world. The course starts with learning about what is involved in sending a single bit of information from one place to another, and ends with students developing small applications of their own design that live on the web. Along with the fundamentals of computing, students will learn to analyze data, create technology that has a practical impact, and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society. The course embeds project and inquiry-based learning, with an Advanced Placement exam for college credit. Completion of course and a passing score on AP exam results in 3.0 college credits 

The Reading & Writing in the Digital Age class will examine texts and language through the lens of technology and its impact on the way we write, speak, and learn information. Students will also gain the necessary skills of public speaking, small group communication, and presentation of research as part of this class. Using nonfiction and fiction texts, students will engage in discussion and analysis of human communication in today’s modern world. 

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 3 required English Language Arts credits, 3 elective credits in computer science  
  • Type: Full Year, two-hour block 

*Students do not need to sign up for Language Arts if registering for this course.

Java Programming

This course is an intermediate level course that examines computer science and computer programming. Students will learn Java to develop advanced programming structures and commands which can be used to create apps, games, and advanced programs. Simple and advanced graphics will also be explored. Along with programming techniques, students will study historical, current, and future aspects of computers.

*This course was formerly called Computer Science in the 21stCentury

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 3
  • Type: Year-Long; Math Elective
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Coding or Global Technology Communications or Algebra 2 – Trig.

How to Make Almost Anything

This one-trimester elective course provides a hands-on introduction to the initial foundations of engineering and the design process. Students will become inventors, artists, and creators, using human-centered design, engineering principles, and cutting-edge technology to create prototypes of practical solutions to problems that people face every day

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Art elective

Introduction to Coding

Intro to Coding is a one-trimester elective course aimed at exposing students to the world of coding. Code, the language of the future, is used in every piece of technology around us. Intro To Coding is intended for students with no previous background, and teaches students how to code in a fun, hands-on, and accessible way. The course focuses on the problem solving and critical thinking skills required to properly code, skills that will benefit students in all of their future endeavors.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective

Digital Art & Design

Students will learn about relevant digital design elements used by professionals across the globe, including image creation, graphics, typography, page layout, color theory, navigation, editing, branding, and more. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how to use Macs and software programs used within industry, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, to create authentic digital products utilized in business, marketing, computer science, and beyond. This course is highly recommended for students with an interest in business, entrepreneurship, marketing, computer science, art, and/or design careers. 

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Art Elective