Course Description
Principles of Engineering (POE) is a high schoollevel 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 careers. POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problembased learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, 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.
The course of study includes:
 Mechanisms
 Energy Sources
 Energy Applications
 Machine Control
 Fluid Power
 Statics
 Material Properties
 Material Testing
 Statistics
 Kinematics
Core Standards of the Course
Standard 210122.1
Energy and Power
Objective 210122.1.1
Mechanisms

Differentiate between engineering and engineering technology.

Conduct a professional interview and reflect on it in writing.

Identify and differentiate among different engineering disciplines.

Measure forces and distances related to mechanisms.

Distinguish between the six simple machines, their attributes, and components.

Calculate mechanical advantage and drive ratios of mechanisms.

Design, create, and test gear, pulley, and sprocket systems.

Calculate work and power in mechanical systems.

Determine efficiency in a mechanical system.

Design, create, test, and evaluate a compound machine design
Objective 210122.1.2
Energy Sources

Identify and categorize energy sources as nonrenewable, renewable, or inexhaustible.

Create and deliver a presentation to explain a specific energy source.

Summarize and reflect upon information collected during a visit to a local utility company.

Define the possible types of power conversion.

Calculate work and power.

Demonstrate the correct use of a digital multimeter.

Calculate power in a system that converts energy from electrical to mechanical.

Determine efficiency of a system that converts an electrical input to a mechanical output.

Calculate circuit resistance, current, and voltage using Ohm’s law.

Understand the advantages and disadvantages of parallel and series circuit design in an application.
Objective 210122.1.3
Energy Applications

Test and apply the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance relating to a photovoltaic cell and a hydrogen fuel cell.

Experiment with a solar hydrogen system to produce mechanical power.

Design, construct, and test recyclable insulation materials.

Test and apply the relationship between Rvalues and recyclable insulation.

Complete calculations for conduction, Rvalues, and radiation.
Standard 210122.2
Materials and Statics
Objective 210122.2.1
Statics

Create free body diagrams of objects, identifying all forces acting on the object.

Mathematically locate the centroid of structural members.

Calculate moment of inertia of structural members.

Differentiate between scalar and vector quantities.

Identify magnitude, direction, and sense of a vector.

Calculate the X and Y components given a vector.

Calculate moment forces given a specified axis.

Use equations of equilibrium to calculate unknown forces.

Use the method of joints strategy to determine forces in the members of a statically determinate.
Objective 210122.2.2
Material Properties

Investigate specific material properties related to a common household product.

Conduct investigative nondestructive material property tests on selected common household product including testing for continuity, ferrous metal, hardness, and flexure.

Calculate weight, volume, mass, density, and surface area of selected common household product

Identify the manufacturing processes used to create the selected common household product.

Identify the recycling codes.

Promote recycle using current media trends
Objective 210122.2.3
Material Testing

Obtain measurements of material samples.

Tensile test a material test sample.

Identify and calculate test sample material properties using a stress strain curve.
Standard 210122.3
Control Systems
Objective 210122.3.1
Machine Control

Create detailed flow charts that utilize a computer software application.

Create control system operating programs that utilize computer software.

Create system control programs that utilize flowchart logic.

Choose appropriate input and output devices based on the need of a technological system.

Differentiate between the characteristics of digital and analog devices.

Judge between open and closed loop systems in order to choose the most appropriate system for a given technological problem.

Design and create a control system based on given needs and constraint
Objective 210122.3.2
Fluid Power

Identify devices that utilize fluid power.

Identify and explain basic components and functions of fluid power devices.

Differentiate between the characteristics of pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

Distinguish between hydrodynamic and hydrostatic systems.

Design, create, and test a hydraulic device.

Design, create, and test a pneumatic device.

Calculate values in a fluid power system utilizing Pascal’s Law.

Distinguish between pressure and absolute pressure.

Distinguish between temperature and absolute temperature.

Calculate values in a pneumatic system utilizing the perfect gas laws.

Calculate flow rate, flow velocity, and mechanical advantage in a hydraulic system.
Standard 210122.4
Statistics and Kinematics
Objective 210122.4.1
Statistics

Calculate the theoretical probability that an event will occur.

Calculate the experimental frequency distribution of an event occurring.

Apply the Bernoulli process to events that only have two distinct possible outcomes.

Apply AND, OR, and NOT logic to probability.

Apply Bayes’ theorem to calculate the probability of multiple events occurring.

Create a histogram to illustrate frequency distribution.

Calculate the central tendency of a data array, including mean, median, and mode.

Calculate data variation, including range, standard deviation, and variance.
Objective 210122.4.2
Kinematics

Calculate distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration from data.

Design, build, and test a vehicle that stores and releases potential energy for propulsion.

Calculate acceleration due to gravity given data from a free fall device.

Calculate the X and Y components of a projectile motion.

Determine the needed angle to launch a projectile a specific range given the projectile’s initial velocity.