Southeast Dubois Schools offer a variety of STEM opportunities at all grade levels. Our three elementary buildings each offer STEM labs, while students also have the opportunity to participate in Robotics clubs. At the junior/senior high level, Forest Park is a certified Project Lead the Way school, with a full range of coding and engineering courses.
Project Lead The Way
Project Lead the Way Course Descriptions
Introduction to Engineering Design: is a fundamental pre-engineering course where students become familiar with the engineering design process. Students work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using industry standard sketches and current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. Students apply their knowledge through hands-on projects and document their work with the use of an engineering portfolio. Students’ progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Project examples include; designing, developing and testing a puzzle cube, designing and construction a cardboard chair, robotic programming, bridge design, testing, and construction, 3D printing, drone flight, and constructing a project using all main woodworking machinery.
Principles of Engineering: In this class students explore a broad range of engineering and technology topics with their relationship to science and mathematics by solving real world problems. This hands-on course is designed to provide students interested in engineering and technology career opportunities to explore applications related to specialized fields. Students will engage in research, development, planning, design, production, and project management. Classroom activities are organized to allow students to work in teams and use modern technological processes, software, and production systems to develop and present solutions to engineering problems. Main areas of study will include; machining processes including CNC programming, industrial robotic programming, AC and DC electrical wiring and testing, rocket design, construction, and flight, as well as calculations to recreate rocket pathways and using mathematics to send rockets to designated targets, gearing, mechanical mechanisms, and the design and construction of a motorized motorcycle built from scratch.
Civil Engineering and Architecture: is a course where students are introduced to the fundamental design and developmental aspects of civil engineering and architectural planning activities. Students will learn the history of civil engineering and architecture, career and college opportunities in the fields of civil engineering and architecture, how different types of buildings are constructed, how to frame a home, how to create quality floor plans, design and create their own buildings and communities using 3d software, survey and create land masses using surveying equipment and 3D software, design and operate a city through an urban planning simulator, and learn about sustainable building techniques and green engineering. Students will have a large margin for creative thinking in this class as they complete individual and team building activities. Great for students considering a career in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design, or Construction Management. The computer program that is used in this course is up to date and is being used by many colleges who offer any of the degrees listed above. Knowing this program can give the student a huge leg up when college comes into focus.
Introduction to Transportation: Ever wonder how engines and power systems operate and function? In this class we will explore the different machinery we use to transport people and goods as well as how stationary machinery to create goods in industry operates. Main areas of study will include; proper tool use, four stroke engines, two stroke engines, diesel engines, electric motors, motorcycles, jet engines, clutch operation, transmission operation, current and alternative fuels, basic electrical systems, fuel delivery systems, introduction to body work, vehicular maintenance and servicing, and troubleshooting of each of these systems. This class will help each student learn the operations of equipment and aid in understanding of how to design and troubleshoot these systems, as well as how sub components such as bearings, chains, sprockets, belts and pulleys among others operate and are used in power delivery systems.