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Innovative Curriculum for Engineering in High School (ICE-HS) Whitepaper

Written by Dr. Shamsnaz Virani and Iris Burnham


New horizons of systems engineering applications need to address education as a Population and Resources problem. This paper explains the application of systems engineering to a High School (Population) within the limited resources. The Da Vinci High School of Science and Arts was tasked to introduce engineering in their school with limited guidelines from the state. The two options available for the school were vendor prescribed curricula or several engineering activities such as the egg drop. The research team reviewed several vendor prescribed curricula such as project lead the way and infinity, and digital libraries funded by NSF and ASEE such as, and The inflexibility of vendor sold curricula and lack of structure with the digital libraries posed some challenges for teaching engineering in high school. The school was also not fully utilizing its resources (teachers, community and technology) to assimilate engineering in their curriculum. ICE-HS was thus developed using systems engineering processes with the goal of attracting the high school students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and providing a flexible engineering foundation. This paper presents the approach to ICE-HS development, and its results after two years of application. 

What's Inside

  • Unique Case Study Featuring The Da Vinci School of Arts and Science
  • Actual STEM Curriculum and Framework
  • Test and Evaluation of High School Students and Curriculum
  • Successes Following the Implementation of ICE-HS


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