Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to start with Introduction to Engineering Design?
A: Yes, all courses now have the pre-requisite of Introduction to Engineering Design.
Q: What do I take after Introduction to Engineering Design? There are three choices!?
A: You can take 1 or more of the other three courses available, meaning you can take two at the same time.
Q: Do I have to take all of the courses?
A: No, you can take as many as you have time for! If you complete 3 you will earn the tech apps credit, and if you complete 4 you will earn a patch for a letter jacket!
Q: I heard the classes count for college credit; do I have to enroll in a college to get that first?
A: Yes, they all can be used for college credit, but you do not enroll first. You can apply for the credit at the end of the year after you successfully take the end-of-course assessment and have finalized your engineering notebook and portfolio. In fact a few colleges will want to give credit with just your engineering notebook and portfolio!
Q: Are the courses weighted / AP or honors credit?
A: No, we are electives. Students take our classes because they enjoy math and science and want a jump on their college career.
Q: Why do I have to take the Introduction to Engineering Design course first? It sounds easy.
A: Do not let the word “introduction” fool you into thinking this! Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a college level course, and like all courses we are project based. This means you can expect to be working every day during class time and therefore little or no homework. IED will teach you to think like an engineer and is our basic foundation course.
Q: I need more information!
A: Contact Shelly Tornquist "Monty"
Autodesk Certified Instructor
Spring Branch ISD Master Teacher
PLTW Master Teacher
Or stop by ANY TIME, E101 – behind the cafeteria