Project Lead the Way®:

(IED) Introduction to Engineering Design     

Igniting Imagination and Innovation through Learning!

 West Ashley High School

Course: Project Lead the Way® Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) 

Instructor: Dr. Barbara Tarka Leonard    Room 114

Phone Number: 843-573-1201 ext 1114

Email Address: 


Course Description:

Welcome to Introduction to Engineering DesignTM (IED),a high school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process.   

The course assumes students are concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. In addition, students use a state of the art 3D solid modeling design software package to help them design solutions in order to solve proposed problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the course. Students will also learn how to document their work, and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

Course Outline:

Unit1: Design Process (10 days)

Unit2: Technical Sketching and Drawing (10 days)

Unit3: Measurement and Statistics (5 days)

Unit4: Modeling Skills (12 days)

Unit5: Geometry of Design (6 days)

Unit6: Reverse Engineering (5 days)

Unit7: Documentation (10 days)

Unit8: Advanced Computer Modeling (15 days)

Unit9:  Design Team (15 days)



  1. Quadrille (graph paper) ruled  composition (“marble”) notebook (supplied by school).
  2. MECHANICAL PENCILS for sketching, pens for notes, LARGE ERASER
  3. Flash Drive (USB) ( 8 GB)


Attendance and Timeliness: All students are expected to be on time to class with the proper materials. Grade points may be deducted for coming to class without the proper materials each day. Students should be seated with their pencil/pen and materials out and completing the assignment on the board while classes are still changing. Students do best when they are in class and ready to learn. 

 Course Grades:

  • Projects will be based on a scale of 1 to 100 points depending on the assignment or project.  Daily work and participation grades will be based on completion of the Engineer's Notebook and Portfolio.  Weekly quizzes, cumulative unit exams and a National PLTW Assessment will be given during the semester. 
  • All students must maintain an Engineer's Notebook and Portfolio to pass the class.  

Projects:  30%        

Tests: 20%   

Quiz and Classwork Grades: 20%

 Homework: 10%   

Engineer’s Notebook and Portfolio:  20%

Note:  The Final Exam is worth 20% of the semester grade and is a national, PLTW online exam. There will be no exemptions. 



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