Engineering Design and Development-Capstone
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering
come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research,
design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel
of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed
to document a design process to standards, ready to take on any post-secondary
program or career.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the
PLTW 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.
Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course
that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on
which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum
focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested
in any engineering and/or any technical career path. EDD should be taken
as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge
and skills introduced during the PLTW foundation courses.
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
- Intellectual Property
- Design Requirements
- Project Proposals
- Virtual Design and Testing
- Preliminary Design Reviews
- Testing a Prototype
- Presenting the Process and Results