Washington Park High School Engineering Department
In its only its second year of existence, the engineering department has taken our high school by storm, with well over half the student body enrolled in an engineering course. Students currently have 3 choices of courses- a principles class devoted mainly to machines and robotics, a design class focusing on 3D CAD software, and a computer science class that emphasizes programming fundamentals through the Scratch and Python languages. These courses are based on curricula written by Project Lead the Way, an organization dedicated to growing interest in engineering in America’s schools. The department hopes to add more courses in the coming years to more closely match students’ individual interests. At the heart of all of these courses is an emphasis on instruction through student-led, project-based learning activities.