Belerofonte Mar, Reporter
In May, all Freshman will have to choose whether they will want follow the Design pathway or the Engineering pathway. These pathways were created to give students a set of distinct skill when they graduate. With both having many amazing qualities and benefits it may be had to actually choose, but there may be some components of engineering that may convince you to choose it.
Once students start the engineering pathway they will begin to learn more and more about what engineering is all about; far more than they did freshman year. From bridges to airplanes and even stereos, the engineering pathway will show you how everything was built. Although it may sound difficult for many, the teachers like Mr. Nino Polizzi and Mr. David Janisch have experience in the actual industry and are able to show students how everything works. “I personally believe that they deserve an A+ on their rating,” said Tyler Elder, a Junior in the engineer pathway. With each having more than 30 years of experience in the engineering field it can easily be seen why students see them as great engineering teachers.
As everyone knows students will need to understand mathematics to follow the engineering pathway. However, that does not mean that students will need to understand derivatives and differential calculus, much of the math involved can be as simple as algebra. A clear example was during the electrical unit for sophomores they had to find the voltage of a specific circuit, but the math was as easy as V=I(R). Even though you must understand basic math and physics you also, like in design, have to have a creative side to design your product. If you are someone who has a knack for building things then your should consider the engineering pathway.
By now you may be wondering why taking the engineering pathway matters. However, looking at the skill that you learn you will see that they do in fact pay off. The biggest skill that any student will learn is problem solving; practically all projects revolve around this concept and the students will be able to apply it to all situations they come across.
Additionally, as it can be seen obviously, this pathway will be crucial if you plan to pursue a major in engineering or in a similar field of STEM. “What we are teaching here is the engineering process,” said Mr. Polizzi, “By going through these process in the way they are going through it I firmly believe it is reflective of what is going on in the real world.” Much of what students have been learning is being applied to projects outside of the classroom. With some students developing functional robots and drones to others building small rockets to fly. Other students just found an interest in how remote control car work from within.
In the end, no matter what pathway you choose in the future it will help you greatly. The skill learned in either classrooms will become a crucial skill that will be able to help you solve any problem in the years to come. These pathways were designed to give students the opportunity to make a better future for themselves. So good luck and may the path you choose be the right one for you.
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