During the 2014-2015 school year, Vernon Township High School (VTHS) made a commitment to STEM education. With that move, VTHS remodeled two classrooms into a modern engineering facility. One room is a collaborative design room and the other is designated for rapid prototyping fabrication. Along with physical facilities changes, the district adopted a rigorous and engaging curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Through PLTW, VTHS offers a national hands-on curriculum supported by companies such as Chevron and Boeing.
All PLTW pathways align to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, our engineering pathway aligns with International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Standards for Technological Literacy.
During the 2019-2020 School Year VTHS offered the following classes:
(IED) Introduction to Engineering Design- In this course, students study the following concepts: design process, tool, equipment, safety, measurement, reverse engineering, documentation, and utilization of the Autodesk Inventor CAD program. Students also utilize 3-D printers, a laser cutter, and a water jet to explore techniques in rapid prototyping
(POE) Principles of Engineering- In this second-level course, students explore machine learning (coding), fluids, mechanics, electrical systems, and statics design.
(CEA) Civil Engineering and Architecture- Students explore residential and commercial building techniques. Areas include understanding and applying building codes, model building, wall, floor, roof design, and the use of the Autodesk Revit program for developing their design.
(EDD) Engineering Design and Development- This is an honors level course for seniors. Students apply their technical knowledge from the previous courses along with the design process to work as teams on a year-long design project. Also during the process, students work alongside engineering mentors. Finally, at the end of the year, student teams give a final presentation in front of a panel of industry personal.
Please note that students at all course levels utilize 3-D printers, laser cutters, and a water jet for their fabrication process. The software utilized includes Autodesk- Inventor and Revit, MD Solids, Robot C++, and materials testing software.