• Introduction to Design (PLTW)

    Introduction to Design is the prerequisite for all engineering related classes at MVHS.  

    Introduction to Design is the first course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering sequence. The major focus for this course is to expose students to the elements and principles of visual design using the engineering design process. Projects will focus on design factors such as aesthetics, format, geometric shape & form, perspective drawing, scale, proportion, and presentation techniques. Students will use computers as a medium/tool for design of project components such as sketching techniques, orthographic drawing, 3D modeling and rendering. Assignment requirements are based on color, form and aesthetics with emphasis on the stages of the design process and critical thinking skills. In addition to the design process and principles of visual design, students will focus on research and analysis, teamwork, various communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Through hands-on projects, students will apply engineering standards while documenting their work and designs in an engineer’s notebook. Students will design solutions to solve proposed problems and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The course assumes no previous knowledge, but students should be concurrently enrolled in appropriate mathematics and science courses.


    *Note – Introduction to Design is the same course as PLTW’s Introduction to Engineering and Design with the addition of supplemental units of instruction and projects that address California’s Visual and Performing Arts content standards. As a result this course is UC Approved “F” which meets the districts requirement for Visual and Performing Arts credit

    **College Credit - Intro to Design is articulated with Riverside Community College.  Students are able to earn 3 units of college credit with a B or better in the course and a proficient on the End of Course exam.  Students will sign up as RCC students during the second semester.  I will notify all students and parents when registration day is approaching. 




    What is PLTW?  PLTW stands for Project Lead the Way. PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.


    PLTW students have said that PLTW Engineering influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.


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    Get AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Free

    If you are a student you can go to the following link http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/all and download the following:
    • AutoCAD (please just choose the one that says AutoCAD) - We have 2018 installed at school.
    • Inventor Professional - We have 2018 installed at school.
    Once you click on the software to be downloaded you must make an account with Autodesk before you can download the software.  They will also send you the code that you need to your email so be sure to put in your correct email address.