STEM Standards for Engineering Applications

PROGRAM CONCENTRATION:             Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

CAREER PATHWAY:                                 Engineering and Technology           

COURSE TITLE:                                         Engineering Applications

COURSE NUMBER:                                    21.47200


Engineering Applications is the third level course in the engineering pathway.  Students will apply their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to develop solutions to technological problems.    Solutions will be developed using a combination of engineering software and prototype production processes.  Students will use market research, cost benefit analysis, and an understanding of the design cycle to create and present design, marketing, and business plans for their solutions.  A capstone project will allow students to demonstrate their depth of knowledge of the engineering design process and prepare them for future opportunities in the field of engineering.


STEM-EA1 – Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.

The following elements should be integrated throughout the content of this course.


1.1       Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, listening, reading, and interpersonal abilities.

1.2       Demonstrate creativity with multiple approaches to ask challenging questions resulting in innovative procedures, methods, and products.

1.3       Exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills to locate, analyze, and apply information in career planning and employment situations.

1.4       Model work readiness traits required for success in the workplace including integrity, honesty, accountability, punctuality, time management, and respect for diversity.

1.5       Apply the appropriate skill sets to be productive in a changing, technological, and   diverse workplace to be able to work independently, interpret data, and apply team work skills.

1.6       Present a professional image through appearance, behavior, and language.


STEM-EA2 – Demonstrate and follow safety, health, and environmental standards related to the STEM workplace and apply specific engineering tools, machines, materials and processes in a safe and orderly manner to formulate, analyze, and verify engineering practices and solutions.


2.1       Implement workplace and product safety standards such as OSHA, EPA, ISO, GMP, ADA, and UL.

2.2       Demonstrate and incorporate safe laboratory procedures in the classroom, lab, and field environments.

2.3       Explain the impact of safety standards such as OSHA, EPA, ISO, GMP, and UL as it relates to engineering fields.

2.4       Understand the environmental impact of engineering designs and processes.

2.5       Explain the criteria for selection of appropriate materials, tools, and processes.

2.6       Safely and effectively manipulate materials, tools, and processes.

2.7       Apply appropriate care and maintenance in the use of tools and machines.


STEM-EA3 – Identify and explore career opportunities in one or more engineering career pathways to build an understanding of the opportunities available in the STEM workplace.


3.1       Locate and identify career opportunities that appeal to personal career goals.

3.2       Match personal interests and aptitudes to selected careers.

3.3       Participate in career related field trips and/or career related presentations by professionals in STEM.


STEM-EA4 – Apply knowledge of the engineering design process to solve engineering/ technological problems in the STEM workplace.


4.1       Identify, define, and research a technological problem.

4.2       Utilize planning, time management, and leadership skills to organize an engineering project.

4.3       Research, select, and safely apply engineering concepts, machines, and tools for completion of the project.

4.4       Develop alternative solutions to a technological problem.

4.5       Select an appropriate solution that optimizes the outcome based on the specifications, constraints, and resources of the project.

4.6       Develop a 3D model of the solution using modeling software and/or physical materials.

4.7       Develop a working prototype of the solution

4.8       Test the prototype using engineering tools, concepts, and methods.

4.9       Analyze the results of the testing and modify the solution as needed.


STEM-EA5 – Employ planning and time management skills and tools to enhance results and complete work tasks.


5.1       Develop goals and objectives to complete a technological problem.

5.2       Prioritize tasks to be completed during a STEM project.

5.3       Develop timelines using time management knowledge and skills.

5.4       Use project-management skills to improve workflow of a STEM project.


STEM-EA6 – Apply oral, written, and visual communication skills to obtain, interpret, and present information to and from intended audiences.


6.1       Apply the ability to read, interpret, and analyze STEM materials discerning the information and concepts.

6.2       Use appropriate listening skills to obtain and interpret messages or information provided to clarify issues, ideas, plans, projects, or processes.

6.3       Demonstrate understanding by responding to and/or restating information that will clarify STEM techniques to be used and/or information to be applied to projects, plans, or processes.

6.4       Use effective oral, written, and visual methods to communicate concepts of STEM to an audience.

6.5       Utilize an engineering design notebook and/or portfolios to collect, organize, and document the design process.


STEM-EA7 – Students will develop appropriate models.


7.1       Understand the concept of model as it relates to engineering design.

7.2       Understand the concept of scale as it relates to models.

7.3       Prepare mock-up and scale models.

7.4       Create 3D models using appropriate software and technologies.


STEM-EA8 – Students will design and construct a testable prototype.


7.5       Understand the concept of prototype as it relates to engineering design.

7.6       Select and apply appropriate materials, tools, and processes for prototype development.

7.7       Consider end user experience and interface in prototype development.

7.8       Test prototype for performance, usability, and durability.

7.9       Assess and evaluate prototype testing data to recommend design improvements, optimization, or re-design of prototype.


STEM-EA9 – Understand engineering impacts of social, economic, design and environmental issues.


9.1       Apply knowledge of external issues such as time constraints, budget, supply chain and available technology that strain the engineering design process to optimize a solution to a STEM problem.

9.2       Analyze and connect the impacts of events in the global marketplace to understand the importance of national standards, supply chains, and timelines.

9.3       Analyze the sustainability and life cycle of an engineered product and their applications on a worldwide scale.

9.4       Connect cultural diversity to possible impacts on creating solutions to engineering design problems.


STEM-EA10 – Application of developed, detailed plans will be incorporated for all solutions for each design problem.


10.1     Analysis of design problems will be conducted and include flow charts, timelines, milestones, models, and other information to complete solutions.

10.2     Prove optimal solutions through the application of mathematical models and calculations necessary to complete predictive analysis.

10.3     Modify design plans and schedules that are informed directly by data collected and analyzed.

10.4     Critique the effectiveness and accuracy of design plans for each possible solution.

10.5     Implement failure analysis techniques to a design solution to enhance future solutions for a design problem.


STEM-EA-11 Students will explain the impact of business and marketing on engineering design.


11.1     Gather and synthesize information using social media and the internet.

11.2     Research the global nature of engineering design in multinational corporations.

11.3     Demonstrate an understanding of the design timeline, time to market, and the impact of a rapidly changing consumer market.

11.4     Generate and analyze market research in terms of consumer requirements, competitive landscape, and market opportunity.

11.5     Develop cost analysis and return on investment calculations.

11.6     Create Bills of Materials using spreadsheet software.

11.7     Determine labor and production costs

11.8     Apply supply and demand economics to determine market pricing

11.9     Create and present marketing plans to peers, decision makers, and potential investors.


STEM-EA-12 Students will apply the basic principles and concepts of Physics to optimize solutions to technological problems.


12.1     Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between force, mass, gravity, and the movement of machines and objects.

12.2     Analyze the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration in terms of maximizing system performance while controlling overall cost.

12.3     Apply Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to optimize design solutions.

12.4     Evaluate design solutions using the conditions required to maintain a system in a condition of static equilibrium.

12.5     Devise technical solutions that demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between work, power, and energy within a system.

12.6     Develop design alternatives by incorporating the principles of energy transformations.

12.7     Optimize design solutions by evaluating and selecting appropriate mechanical devices and electrical components.


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