Career and Technical Ed Curriculum
  STEM Engineering

This STEM focused course engages students in electricity and electronic  engineering theory and experiments that focus on the application of scientific theories and mathematics principles.  Students engage in critical thinking skills and solve problems using computer aided instruction, electrical devices, test equipment, and circuits. They build electronic projects using DC/AC devices, digital, microprocessor and robotic circuits.

This course may assist the student in preparing for the following certification examinations, national assessments, or licensure examinations approved by the Virginia Board of Education:

  • A+ Certification, 2006 Objectives (CompTIA)
  • Basic Installer Examination, Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (Consumer Electronics Association)
  • Certified Electronics Technician Associate (ETA)
  • Computer Networking Fundamentals Assessment (NOCTI)
  • Computer Repair Technology Assessment (NOCTI)
  • Electronics Technology Assessment (NOCTI)
  • Student Electronics Technician Certification, SET (ETA)
  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Assessment (NOCTI) and IC3 Certification (Certiport)
Last Updated: 01/07/13 01:07 PM
Standard 1

Benchmark 1.001
Demonstrate Positive Work Ethic
Indicator 1.001.001
Demonstrate a positive work ethic

Benchmark 1.002
Demonstrate Integrity
Indicator 1.002.001
Demonstrate integrity

Benchmark 1.003
Demonstrate Teamwork Skills
Indicator 1.003.001
Demonstrate teamwork skills

Benchmark 1.004
Demonstrate Self-Representation Skills
Indicator 1.004.001
Demonstrate self-representation skills

Benchmark 1.005
Demonstrate Diversity Awareness
Indicator 1.005.001
Demonstrate diversity awareness

Benchmark 1.006
Demonstrate Conflict-Resolution Skills
Indicator 1.006.001
Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills

Benchmark 1.007
Demonstrate Creativity and Resourcefulness
Indicator 1.007.001
Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness
Standard 2

Benchmark 2.008
Demonstrate Effective Speaking and Listening Skills
Indicator 2.008.001
Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills

Benchmark 2.009
Demonstrate Effective Reading and Writing Skills
Indicator 2.009.001
Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills

Benchmark 2.010
Demonstrate Critical-Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Indicator 2.010.001
Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills

Benchmark 2.011
Demonstrate Healthy Behaviors and Safety Skills
Indicator 2.011.001
Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills

Benchmark 2.012
Demonstrate an Understanding of Workplace Organizations, Systems, etc.
Indicator 2.012.001
Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, etc.

Benchmark 2.013
Demonstrate Lifelong-Learning Skills
Indicator 2.013.001
Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills

Benchmark 2.014
Demonstrate Job Acquisition and Advancement Skills
Indicator 2.014.001
Demonstrate job acquisition and advancement skills

Benchmark 2.015
Demonstrate Time, Task, and Resource-Management Skills
Indicator 2.015.001
Demonstrate time, task, and resource-management skills

Benchmark 2.016
Demonstrate Job-Specific Mathematics Skills
Indicator 2.016.001
Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills

Benchmark 2.017
Demonstrate Customer-Service Skills
Indicator 2.017.001
Demonstrate customer-service skills
Standard 3

Benchmark 3.018
Demonstrate Proficiency with Technologies Common to an Occupation
Indicator 3.018.001
Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to an occupation

Benchmark 3.019
Demonstrate Information Technology Skills
Indicator 3.019.001
Demonstrate information technology skills

Benchmark 3.020
Demonstrate an Understanding of Internet Use and Security Issues
Indicator 3.020.001
Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues

Benchmark 3.021
Demonstrate Telecommunications Skills
Indicator 3.021.001
Demonstrate telecommunications skills
Standard 4

Benchmark 4.022
Examine Planning at Individual Business and Overall Industry Levels
Indicator 4.022.001
Examine planning at individual business and overall industry levels

Benchmark 4.023
Explain Management Methods
Indicator 4.023.001
Explain management methods

Benchmark 4.024
Examine Finance: Decisions, Raising Capital, Expansion, etc.
Indicator 4.024.001
Examine finance in regard to ongoing accounting & financial decisions

Benchmark 4.025
Describe Technical and Production Skills for Production Techniques
Indicator 4.025.001
Describe technical and production skills for production techniques

Benchmark 4.026
Examine Underlying Principles of Technology
Indicator 4.026.001
Examine underlying principles of technology

Benchmark 4.027
Examine Labor Issues: Worker Rights, Labor Unions, etc.
Indicator 4.027.001
Examine labor issues in terms of worker rights and responsibilities

Benchmark 4.028
Describe Community Issues
Indicator 4.028.001
Describe community issues

Benchmark 4.029
Examine Concepts of Health, Safety and Environmental Issues
Indicator 4.029.001
Examine concepts of health, safety, and environmental issues
Standard 5

Benchmark 5.030
Identify the Purposes and Goals of the Student Organization
Indicator 5.030.001
Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization

Benchmark 5.031
Explain the Benefits and Responsibilities of Organization Membership
Indicator 5.031.001
Explain the benefits and responsibilities of organization membership

Benchmark 5.032
Demonstrate Leadership Skills Through Participation in Activities
Indicator 5.032.001
Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in activities

Benchmark 5.033
Identify Internet Safety Issues & Comply with Acceptable Use Standards
Indicator 5.033.001
Identify Internet safety issues & comply with acceptable use standards
Standard 6

Benchmark 6.034
Explain the Job Functions and Career Path of an Engineer
Indicator 6.034.001
Identify a variety of engineering fields and their job functions
Indicator 6.034.002
Describe the educational requirements to be an engineer
Indicator 6.034.003
Describe typical engineering projects using real life examples

Benchmark 6.035
Explore Common Techniques Used to Solve Problems
Indicator 6.035.001
Describe the techniques and advantages of brainstorming
Indicator 6.035.002
Explain the advantages and logic behind testing and prototypes
Indicator 6.035.003
Explain Research and Development, patents, and copyright law
Indicator 6.035.004
Describe types and effects of regulations and provide examples
Indicator 6.035.005
Explain the typical design process and factors which impact it
Indicator 6.035.006
Define and provide examples of work proposals and requirements

Benchmark 6.036
Discuss Issues Engineers Face in the Workplace
Indicator 6.036.001
Discuss ethics, morals, and the responsibilities of an engineer
Indicator 6.036.002
Discuss the organization of companies: hierarchy, responsibilities, IT
Indicator 6.036.003
Analyze budgeting, marketing, supply/demand, what drives technologies
Standard 7

Benchmark 7.037
Explore Forces in a Plane
Indicator 7.037.001
Understand the fundamentals and principles of mechanics
Indicator 7.037.002
Define vectors and scales; provide examples of each
Indicator 7.037.003
Perform mathematical analysis of vectors and scalars
Indicator 7.037.004
Understand components and resultants
Indicator 7.037.005
Solve problems using both graphical and analytical techniques
Indicator 7.037.006
Analyze the biomechanics of lifting

Benchmark 7.038
Explore Forces in Space
Indicator 7.038.001
Explain the concepts of equivalent forces and equilibrium
Indicator 7.038.002
Define moments and torque; complete equations; provide examples
Indicator 7.038.003
Analyze coupled forces using steering wheels and bending beams
Indicator 7.038.004
Analyze the effects of tire sizes on torque

Benchmark 7.039
Understand the Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies
Indicator 7.039.001
Explain the concept of static equilibrium
Indicator 7.039.002
Understand and analyze examples of free body diagrams
Indicator 7.039.003
Recognize and examine distributed forces
Indicator 7.039.004
Use center of gravity toys to explain the equilibrium of rigid bodies

Benchmark 7.040
Analyze Structures
Indicator 7.040.001
Explore bridges (their history, construction, and impacts on society)
Indicator 7.040.002
Define truss and recognize common types of simple trusses
Indicator 7.040.003
Analyze trusses and beams
Indicator 7.040.004
Use simulation to verify solutions to truss and beam analysis problems
Indicator 7.040.005
Complete an analysis of a real world bridge failure

Benchmark 7.041
Explore Forces in Cables
Indicator 7.041.001
Examine cables with concentrated and distributed loads
Indicator 7.041.002
Examine parabolic cables
Indicator 7.041.003
Recognize the differences between catenary and parabola
Indicator 7.041.004
Perform a catenary experiment with a hanging cable
Standard 8

Benchmark 8.041
Understand the Rectilinear Motion of Particles
Indicator 8.041.001
Investigate position, velocity, and acceleration of rectilinear motion
Indicator 8.041.002
Examine the rate of change
Indicator 8.041.003
Understand equations of motion
Indicator 8.041.004
Understand dynamic equilibrium
Indicator 8.041.005
Utilize graphical solutions for rectilinear problems
Indicator 8.041.006
Apply principles of rectilinear motion to drag racing qualifier times

Benchmark 8.042
Understand the Curvilinear Motion of Particles
Indicator 8.042.001
Investigate position, velocity, and acceleration of curvilinear motion
Indicator 8.042.002
Identify tangential and normal components
Indicator 8.042.003
Understand angular motion
Indicator 8.042.004
Explore projectile motion: Tartaglia's Law, trajectory, and examples
Indicator 8.042.005
Analyze planetary motion and space vehicle trajectory

Benchmark 8.043
Understand Energy, Momentum, and Power
Indicator 8.043.001
Investigate kinetic energy
Indicator 8.043.002
Investigate potential energy
Indicator 8.043.003
Understand conservation of energy, including translational and angular
Indicator 8.043.004
Analyze the human body's stability as applied to Judo

Benchmark 8.044
Understand Friction
Indicator 8.044.001
Understand friction
Indicator 8.044.002
Investigate techniques to prevent machinery friction

Benchmark 8.045
Explore Mechanisms
Indicator 8.045.001
Investigate pulleys using real world examples
Indicator 8.045.002
Investigate gears: ratios, types, trains, and real world examples
Indicator 8.045.003
Explore levers & linkages: mechanical advantage, velocity ratio, types
Indicator 8.045.004
Analyze machines which use these systems in unison
Indicator 8.045.005
Research, compare, and predict the outcome of two MEMS prototypes
Standard 9

Benchmark 9.046
Understand Basic Electricity
Indicator 9.046.001
Explain and illustrate the structure of the atom
Indicator 9.046.002
Investigate static electricity
Indicator 9.046.003
Describe the different types of conductors and insulators
Indicator 9.046.004
Relate electrical current, voltage, and resistance
Indicator 9.046.005
Describe alternating current electricity
Indicator 9.046.006
Explore pulses, waves, signals, and noise
Indicator 9.046.007
Investigate and analyze Tesla coil experiments

Benchmark 9.047
Identify and Analyze Electrical Components
Indicator 9.047.001
Identify wire and cable: types, gauges, and ratings
Indicator 9.047.002
Identify switches: types, buttons, and micro-switches
Indicator 9.047.003
Identify relays: types/configurations and uses
Indicator 9.047.004
Understand sound wave conversion: microphones, speakers, piezo
Indicator 9.047.005
Identify resistors: types, color code, series and parallel, usage
Indicator 9.047.006
Identify capacitors: function, specifications, charging, usage, etc.
Indicator 9.047.007
Identify diodes: function, types, usage
Indicator 9.047.008
Construct electrical circuits
Standard 10

Benchmark 10.048
Explore Various Aircraft (Dirigibles, Helicopters, Airplanes, Rockets)
Indicator 10.048.001
Trace the history and uses of aircraft
Indicator 10.048.002
Evaluate differences in flight mechanics
Indicator 10.048.003
Examine the different aircraft flight control systems
Indicator 10.048.004
Analyze bird anatomy

Benchmark 10.049
Understand Forces Acting on Aircraft
Indicator 10.049.001
Investigate and understand lift
Indicator 10.049.002
Investigate and understand drag
Indicator 10.049.003
Investigate and understand gravity
Indicator 10.049.004
Investigate and understand thrust
Indicator 10.049.005
Analyze engine performance

Benchmark 10.050
Investigate Rocket Propulsion
Indicator 10.050.001
Explore the history of rocket propulsion
Indicator 10.050.002
Identify the anatomy of chemical rockets and their methods of ignition
Indicator 10.050.003
Understand the functioning of non-chemical rockets
Indicator 10.050.004
Analyze the flow and performance of nozzles
Indicator 10.050.005
Analyze a variety of nozzle designs using tests (carbon dioxide)

Benchmark 10.051
Examine Rocket Flight
Indicator 10.051.001
Review Newton's Laws and their applications to rocket flight
Indicator 10.051.002
Explain the development of the thrust equation and its applications
Indicator 10.051.003
Define specific impulse explain its application
Indicator 10.051.004
Relate burnout speed to apogee; make calculations
Indicator 10.051.005
Examine drag and lift as they apply to rockets
Indicator 10.051.006
Investigate vehicle stability and dynamics
Indicator 10.051.007
Complete Matlab programming for altitude predictions

Benchmark 10.052
Investigate Aircraft Propulsion
Indicator 10.052.001
Identify the anatomy and uses of piston engines
Indicator 10.052.002
Recognize examples of jet engines
Indicator 10.052.003
Analyze the design of propellers including pitch/diameter and thrust
Indicator 10.052.004
Design a propeller

Benchmark 10.053
Analyze Aircraft Aerodynamics
Indicator 10.053.001
Understand and use an airfoil simulator (foilsim)
Indicator 10.053.002
Discuss theories of flight including the work of Bernoulli and Newton
Indicator 10.053.003
Verify the foilsim design using a wind tunnel

Benchmark 10.054
Use the Systems Engineering Approach to Aircraft Conceptual Design
Indicator 10.054.001
Complete a requirements analysis for the aircraft
Indicator 10.054.002
Organize the project into phases, tasks, teams, and milestones
Indicator 10.054.003
Use a conceptual sketch to size the aircraft
Indicator 10.054.004
Select the airfoil and geometry (wing and tail)
Indicator 10.054.005
Analyze thrust-to-weight ratio and wing loading
Indicator 10.054.006
Complete the initial sizing
Indicator 10.054.007
Complete the configuration layout and loft
Indicator 10.054.008
Design the crew station, passenger compartment, and cargo space
Indicator 10.054.009
Arrange the landing gear
Indicator 10.054.010
Complete a calculation and analysis of cost vs. trade-offs
Indicator 10.054.011
Model, scale, and simulate the aircraft
Indicator 10.054.012
Complete the project

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