Lancaster High School's Engineering courses engage students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.
Our students use state-of-the-art equipment and industry-utilized software to engage in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
At Lancaster High School, the Engineering Pathway consists of four separate courses that are designed to be taken throughout a student's time in high school:
9th Grade Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
Ideally, students will take IED as freshmen. This class is an open elective and is not an honors-weighted course. It is meant to serve as an introduction to the world of engineering.
10th Grade Principles of Engineering (POE) Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.
If a student chooses, he or she may continue in the engineering pathway during their sophomore year by taking POE. This is an AP/CCP/PLTW-weighted course and provides students with a deeper understanding of engineering and design principles. 11th and/or 12th Grade Computer Science Principles (CSP) Using Python® as a primary tool, students develop computational-thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, and then they apply what they know to design a commercial building.
The final two courses in this pathway are designed to allow students to become more specialized in their knowledge of engineering. While both courses should be completed, it does not matter if a student chooses to take CSP in 11th grade and CEA in 12th grade, or vice versa. Both courses are AP/CCP/PLTW-weighted courses.