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Intro to Engineering and Design
Upon entering the class, I did not know exactly what to expect. I was excited, of course, because I had always held an interest in the subjects of engineering, starting with an interest in architecture and developing into an interest primarily along the lines of electronic aspects of the engineering field. As I started the first course of my engineering CTE focus, I quickly learned what to do in the class in order to meet expectations. This class was unlike any I had been a part of. Most of this course, as well as engineering classes in general, revolved around self-motivation and a good work ethic. Lectures were not common in this class; it was an abnormality to take notes. Instead, most of our time was devoted to completing documents and learning through trial and error. At first this process was rather confusing; a class that didn\'t revolve around note taking in order to meet the standards for a test was odd to me. However, this process quickly grew on me, as I learned that I actually preferred this trial and error, self-motivating curriculum. I developed even more of an interest in the field of engineering as I worked on figuring things out on my own, helping to determine which area of engineering I prefer. As for course content, most of IED revolved around drawing and labeling schematics of parts, as well as drawing them out in Inventor, a design program provided by the school. In this class, I learned a lot about that program and drawing out parts that I\'m not sure I could achieve if I had simply taken notes from a power point. This non-conventional class proved to be extremely useful in developing an understanding in the course content that not only matched my self-expectations, but exceeded them.
Principles of Engineering
Moving on to the next course of engineering proved to be very exciting after my experience with IED. Principles of Engineering was a very interesting, challenging course that worked in a lot of the same ways as IED. Although there might have been more power points about the course content, the power points still didn\'t occur as much as another class. A lot of the course was still devoted towards self-motivation and group projects. Starting out with team builder exercises and working towards building fully functional programmed, moving equipment, I can definitely say I enjoyed progressing through the year. Principles of Engineering was a lot more hands-on than IED, as it was very rare we were drawing or simulating using the computer, but rather we were actually building equipment and testing it out, in order to not only learn the design process, but also to get a firm understanding of the course content beyond something as simple as understanding the math and science behind it. This active learning experience that I had come to expect from engineering classes helped even more in POE, considering there was no possible way I could have developed such an interest and understanding of the course material if I had just copied notes. This hands-on experience allowed me to excel in that class and get excited about the material. Not only did this class exceed my expectations from the previous year, but it also helped me develop an interest towards electronics and actually using material to make the math and brainstorming come to life, which lead me to make a decision to go towards the electronics path of engineering as opposed to a civil engineering aspect.
Three-fourths of the way through DE
and I still enjoy it thoroughly. Each activity is extremely hands-on, still
matching the format of the engineering CTE classes of self-motivation. The
beginning of the year was focused around learning about circuits and sometimes
soldering practice. I knew close to nothing at the beginning of this class,
barely able to make even the simplest of circuits correctly on a breadboard.
Although, I have improved exponentially, I believe, as I just finished what was
seemingly the hardest circuit of the year on the first try. I\'ve learned a lot
in this class, and developed my desire to go into the engineering field for
electronics even further. I think I could definitely seek improvement on
building circuits efficiently, but I feel as if the processes and planning
leading up to the circuit building process is fine-tuned. I hope I can use
these next couple months to improve the areas in which I am lacking in order to
feel as if I had been a success in this class.
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