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Engineering

 

The goal of the Engineering Department is to teach students how to solve the world's problems by thinking both critically and creatively. All courses feature mini-labs to prepare students with skills necessary to become self-sufficient problem solvers across all academic disciplines. These skills will be strengthened when students invent a system or device of their choice, part of their year-long projects. At the end of the academic year, students are required to present their research in front of a live audience.

Mini-Lab Goals:

  • Build effective communication skills so that students work well together while taking on the challenges of innovation process.
  • Learn how electricity operates to infer electro-physical properties in modern electronics.
  • Acquire an understanding of circuits, microcontrollers and object-oriented programming.
 

Year-Long Project Goals:

  • Write a scientific research proposal including introduction, goals, methods and budget.  
  • Optimize time management skills by using a journal to record data and track progress.
  • Create control systems using an Arduino microcontroller, various sensors and actuators.
  • Evaluate a hypothesis by designing a controlled experiment with statistical analysis.
 
101 Scientific Engineering
This course immerses students into teams to creatively solve world problems in science and engineering. Students will discover the full potential of the engineering design process as they learn to build and improve upon current technology. In the future, self-driving cars and 3D printed organs will be as commonplace as tablet computers are today. The first major assignment of the semester will require students to convert their classroom into a smart home environment. Next, students will explore simple machines while studying how imagination, creativity, and persistence aided David HaMelech in his quest to build the Old City of Jerusalem. For the last few months of the school year, students will write a proposal, build a working prototype, and present their project in front of an audience.
 
102 Engineering and Entrepreneurship
This course provides the expertise, mentorship and skills students need to become effective entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of this course features several hands-on activities in which ninth grade students will form a “company” and learn how to work together in order to solve real-life problems in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
 
201 Bioengineering
This course is an innovative course for biology and tech minded students interested in studying and enhancing applications of living organisms. First, we will investigate how biological systems operate in order to solve problems involving differential diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Second, we will discuss the history of how the Food and Drug Administration evaluates the fabrication of biomaterials, medical devices, and drug delivery systems. Throughout the school year, students will be required to individually formulate and present their analysis of a scientific journal article, helping them to think critically while learning how to conduct quality research. In addition, students will perform a series of mini experiments to help further their understanding of biosensors and control systems. For the capstone project, students will collaborate with Israeli biotech companies on novel research projects, encouraging the development of effective leadership and communicative skills.
 
301 Applied Research

This course is the third year of the engineering track. Students use their independent thinking skills to analyze and critique peer-reviewed hypothesis-driven scientific research articles. This course will extensively cover how to write a research paper that follows strict standards, including organizational techniques, proper citing and lastly how to effectively construct graphs, diagrams and tables. Concurrently, students are expected to design and submit their own groundbreaking research projects to science and engineering fairs. 

401 Robotics

This course is done collaboratively with Great Neck South High School.  It meets one time per week for ninety minutes. Students work on projects for the First Robotics Competition, a national competition held annually sponsored by biotech companies and their suppliers. Students learn woodworking and machining, computer-assisted design, and develop the skills they need to become science and technology leaders.