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Problem Solving with Engineering & Design

  • Summer 2024

    June 17, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024 For All Students Register
  • Semester 1 2024-2025

    Aug 28, 2024-Dec 13, 2024 For Members Register
  • Semester 2 2024-2025

    Jan 8, 2025-April 25, 2025 For Members Register

Course Overview

This course investigates various topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics using a series of projects and problems that are both meaningful and relevant to the students’ lives. Students develop engineering skills, including design principles, modeling, and presentations, using a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects.

This is a course that focuses on practical applications of science and mathematics to solve real-world issues. Project-based learning, working in collaborative teams, and designing prototypes are essential components of the course. Throughout the program, students step into the varied roles engineers play in our society, solve problems in their homes and communities, discover new career paths and possibilities, and develop engineering knowledge and skills.

There are no particular math or science prerequisites for this course, just an interest in using STEM to solve problems and a desire to learn!

Students in GOA courses will need reliable access to a computer with webcam/microphone connections, an email address (preferably school-based), a Web-conferencing app (GOA courses use Zoom), and a Word processing app (GOA courses use Google’s G Suite). When necessary, alternative arrangements may be made.

NCAA-approved course

UC-approved course

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What Students Are Saying

“Through this course, I have learned a whole lot about engineering ethics and the idea of shared responsibility. The design sprints also helped me understand the the importance of defining the problem prior to starting on a design, something I had always overlooked. Also, prior to this class, I was unenlightened about the formal definition of engineering design processes. Lastly, I have made the most improvement in the area of helpful feedback. Now, I think I write much more thoughtful and actionable comments on other people’s discussion posts.” (Camilo)

“My understanding of being an engineer changed from thinking it was all independent work to realizing the amount of group collaboration. This changed during the interviewing an engineer assignment, where this topic was a big part of the discussion, and it showed me how important it is because an actual engineer was telling me what they do.” (Dylan)

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