CTE - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)


  • Course # Course Grade Level AAC Credit GISD Prerequisite
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
    9750 Introducation to Engineering Design (IED) 9-12 AAC 1  
    9755 Engineering Science (POE) 10-12 AAC 1 IED
    9790 Project Based Research in F1 in Schools - Year 1 10-12   1  
    9795 Project Based Research in F1 in Schools - Year 2 10-12   1  
    9797 Project Based Research in F1 in Schools - Year 3* 10-12   1  
    9785 Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)* 11-12 AAC 1 Engineering Science
    9775 Engineering Design and Development (EDD)*^ 11-12 AAC 1 CEA or AERO
    9799 Practicum in Engineering* 12   1 CEA or AERO
    9900 Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation 9-12   1  
    9905 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 10-12   1 Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation 
    9925 Aviation Ground School 10-12 AAC   1  
    9787 Aerospace Engineering (AERO)* 11-12 AAC 1 Engineering Science
    9950 Practicum in Aviation 12   2  


    * Denotes Advanced CTE credit for Endorsement
    ^ Denotes Certfication can be earned

    Principles classes are recommended for grades 9 and 10.  A student who completes a principles-level course and changes career pathways may enter the next course in any pathway except for engineering.  Engineering students must start with Introduction to Engineering (IED). 

Course Descriptions

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

    Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an engineering program that promises to build our science, technology and math programs in GISD. PLTW is about learning real skills, solving real problems, and making real discoveries about the world. By working with your classmates, teachers, and parents, you can help create a learning experience unlike any other.

    In PLTW classes, you work hands-on with technology that other students only read about. Instead of listening to a lecture about scientific principles and theories, you get to put them to the test in fun, exciting ways. You will build contraptions, learn about drafting and graphic design on the computer, use real lab equipment, and have fun while you are doing it. A PLTW class is the first step on your life’s journey of imagination, innovation, and discovery. Start building a better world—and a better you—today. To learn more about Project Lead the Way, go to www.pltw.org.

    Principles classes are recommended for grades 9 and 10. A student who completes a principles-level course and changes career pathways may enter the next course in any pathway except for engineering. Engineering students must start with Introduction to Engineering (IED), unless the student has successfully completed Algebra II.

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) (9750)
    1 Credit – Grades 9-12
    Prerequisites: None


    Introduction to Engineering Design™ is the first of 5 engineering courses that will give students a hands-on problem solving approach to the math and science concepts encountered in the engineering fields. Students will use design development processes while enriching problem­ solving skills; students create and analyze models using specialized computer software. The Computer Aided Design component of the course will be taught primarily using Autodesk Inventor. 

    Engineering Science (POE) (9755)
    1 Credit – Grades 10-12
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Biology, Chemistry, IPC or Physics

    GISD Requirement: IED




    Engineering Science exposes students to some of the major concepts they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study as well as other high tech careers. Engineering Science gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problem-based learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, Engineering Science challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem-solving skills based upon engineering concepts


    Project Based Research in F1 in Schools (9790, 9795, 9797*)

    1 Credit – Grades 10-12

    GISD Requirement: Engineering Science or concurrent enrollment in Engineering Science




    This class is reserved for students interested in competing and supporting the F1 in Schools team. A fidelity AAC may be earned after successful completion of year 3.


    Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)* (9785)

    1 Credit – Grades 11-12

    GISD Requirement: Engineering Science




    Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects.


    Engineering Design and Development (EDD)(9775)

    1 Credit – Grades 11-12

    GISD Requirement: CEA or AERO


    AAC STEM Certification


    In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. During this course some students may even apply for patents. It is a research intensive course, and students actually build and test prototypes. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. Students will also have the opportunity to learn SolidWorks and become certified and learn various manufacturing processes including CNC and 3D printing.


    Practicum in Engineering* (9799)

    2 Credits -  Grade 12
    Prerequisite: CEA or AERO




    This capstone engineering course allows a senior student to engage in engineering projects in the GHS Engineering Lab or other related industry shops/businesses. Students will work closely with engineering teaching staff to complete district and community-related projects. 




    Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation (9900)

    1 Credit - Grades 9-12


    STEM  Business

    The Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation course will provide the foundation for advanced exploration in the areas of a professional pilot, aerospace engineering, and unmanned aircraft systems. Students will learn about the history of aviation, from Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas about a flight to the Wright brothers and the space race. Along the way, students will learn about the innovations and technological developments that have made today’s aviation and aerospace industries possible. The course includes engineering practices, the design process, aircraft structure, space vehicles past and present, and a look toward future space exploration. Students will also learn about the wide variety of exciting and rewarding careers available to them. The Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation course will inspire students to consider aviation and other aerospace careers while laying the foundation for continued study in grades 10-12. 

    Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (9905)

    1 Credit - Grades 10-12

    GISD Requirement: Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation

    STEM  Business  

    The Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Flight course is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment or continuing education in piloting UAV operations. Principles of UAV is designed to instruct students in UAV flight navigation, industry laws and regulations, and safety regulations. Students are also exposed to mission planning procedures, environmental factors, and human factors involved in the UAV industry.

    Aviation Ground School (9925)

    1 Credit - Grades 10-12

    STEM  Business  AAC

    This course is designed to extend student interests in all aspects of aviation while preparing students to take the formal ground requisite exam for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAA Airman Knowledge Test which is required to obtain a private pilot’s license. The rigor of the course challenges students with complex aeronautical, engineering, weather, management, and judgment concepts. Rules, regulations, obligations, and commitments to discipline and focus are foundational throughout the course. The ability to grasp flight without actually flying a real aircraft extends well beyond the classroom as students learn navigation, weather science, attention to detail (mathematical fuel and load planning), health, and mental well-being related to flight planning and piloting aircraft.

    Aerospace Engineering (AERO)* (9787)

    1 Credit – Grades 11-12

    GISD Requirement: Engineering Science


    This course propels students' learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. Students will explore the history and evolution of aviation and aerospace, the fundamental aircraft controls, the physics of flight, the aerodynamics of the airfoil, navigation, propulsion systems, GPS systems, materials/composites, frame design, orbital mechanics, space exploration, and more. The students will also work with Eagles Nest Project to build an RV12 airplane. Several field trips will also be associated with this class to investigate airplanes, airports, aviation industries and expos around the area as an important part of the curriculum.

    Practicum in Aviation (9950)

    2 Credits - Grade 12

    Practicum in Aviation is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills.  This self-paced course is intended to assist a student who wants to receive a Private Pilot License or log time toward becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician.  Practicum experiences may include preparing for and taking the written exam for a private pilot license; receiving flight instruction; working hands on in an aviation maintenance environment; or other approved, equivalent experiences within or outside the classroom with an instructor or employer.