The National Academy Foundation
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts-schools within schools-with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise. Bay View High School completed its Year of Planning and was granted Academy of Engineering status in July 2011.
Academy of Engineering
The Academy of Engineering (AOE) is a four-year high school program at Bay View High School that uses the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. It is designed to answer a need for well-trained engineers by educating high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), as well as preparing them for post-secondary careers.
Project Lead The Way
PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEAM education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the United States. The PLTW curriculum is founded in the fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), but at the same time integrates national academic and technical learning standards and STEAM principles. PLTW was recently cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a “model for 21st-century career and technical education.”
Here is a sample of what the 4-year PLTW curriculum would entail.
Year 1. Introduction to Engineering Design
Using 3-D computer modeling software, students learn the design process and they solve design problems as they develop, analyze, and create product models.
Year 2. Principles of Engineering
Students explore technology systems and engineering processes to find out how math, science, and technology help people.
Year 3. Digital Electronics
Students use computer simulation to learn about the logic of electronics as they design, test and construct circuits and devices.
Year 4. Civil Engineering & Architecture
Teams of students collaborate on the development of community-based building projects and conceptual design for project presentations.
Year 4 alternate. Engineering Design & Development
Guided by community mentors, teams of students work together to research, design, and construct solutions to engineering problems.
Key aspects of the curriculum are reinforced in the common classes the students attend. Authentic classroom lessons knit together academics and engineering knowledge. Extra academic support is provided where many students need it most: mathematics skills, communication, engineering, etc.
Who are the teachers?
- Intro to Engineering Design – Dana Timm
- Principles Of Engineering – Dana Timm / Levi Douglas
- Engineering Design and Development EDD – Dana Timm