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Engineering Academy

The Engineering Academy is a program dedicated to preparing students pursuing careers in Engineering and STEM related fields. The instructional program integrates academic and technical preparation as well as career exploration that emphasizes real world, relevant experiences in engineering technology and design to prepare students for college and career.
The academy provides classroom, laboratory and hands-on experiences through A-G approved courses and offers various STEM related field trips and college/university visitations.
Challenging elective courses are recommended by the College Board as part of a student's high school curriculum if one decides to pursue an AA, BA, MA or Doctorate degree later in life. Also, nowadays engineering technology, computer programming and computer code driven mechanical devices (robots) are incorporated in almost every existing career our students decide to pursue.
  • The Introduction to Engineering Design course is a foundation course  where students apply the engineering design process, math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, 3D printing and CNC milling and document their work in an engineering notebook. Students have the opportunity to certify their safety skills by earning the OSHA 10 safety certification (manufacturing). Students also have the opportunity to participate in the robotics competition.
  • Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation in the Principles of Engineering specialization course. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Students have the opportunity to certify their computer programming skills by earning the AFE Python programming certification. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the robotics competition.
  • Devices that contain digital circuits are all around us. The Digital Electronics course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices. Students have the opportunity to enhance their computer programming skills by practicing Python programming using Codebots as students are prepared for the PCEP Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer exam.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in the robotics competition.
  • Engineering Design and Development is the capstone course of the engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Students have the opportunity to certify their soft skills by earning the Express Career Preparedness Certification. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the robotics competition.
  • Additional information:
    • Courses are aligned to instructional standards outlined by the CDE.
    • Courses are a-g approved (d - science).
    • Engineering students are TSA chapter leaders.
    • Engineering students participate in actual and virtual robotics competitions (see below).
    • Engineering scholarship, internship and apprenticeship information:
      • Scholarship including internship: AFE program - application opens 11.1.2022
      • Apprenticeship: SEAP program - application closes 11.1.2022
      • Pre-professional program: The academies - application open
    • Visit the engineering website for more information.
  • Robotics competitions:
  • Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose (2016 - 2017). 
  • California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo (2017-2018).
  • CoderZ virtual robotics competition (2020-2021).
  • Dublin Robotics in Dublin (2021-2022)
  • Shasta High School state competition in Redding (2021-2022)
  • Design Challenge at NPS in Monterey (2021-2022)
  • Student opinion: 
[ Lorand Incze ]   [ ]    [ (831) 796-7600 ext. 2074]