Engineering I

Living in a changed climate


Starting Engineering

Engineering I is where students begin their engineering education. This is an academically challenging vocational course for students that love to design and build their own solutions. Students projects and lessons will be based on building solutions using a theme of "designing new solutions after disasterous climate change events", such as floods and hurricanes, for maritime, ocean, and coastal engineering envrinoments. Students will learn about sustainable solutions and green engineering. Naval architecture(ship desgn) and maritime volcablulary will also be a major highlighted. At the end of the year, students should be proficent with common hand tools and power tools, plus aquire knowledge on how to build and implement solutions to real-world problems.

2019-20 Theme: Living with a Changing Climate

Imagine a world (in the not so distance future) where most of the east coast of the USA is underwater because of 70 meter rise in sea level. In this role-playing situation, our future engineers have inherited a mostly water world where resources are scarce. There is no Publix or Home Depot available, so students must learn to reduce, reuse and recycle. This disaster-recovery-surviver world requires lots of creative engineering beyond the textbook. Engineering I students will role-play redesigning and rebuilding parts of their local civilization in a world with limited allocated resources. Careful planning and execution is required as students build their own solutions. Students will also begin using hand and powertools, learn to work in groups(teams), and learn project planning and accounting.

Engineering Terms

Sustainable (green) engineering is the design, commercialization, and use of processes and products that minimize pollution, promote sustainability, and protect human health without sacrificing economic viability and efficiency.

Marine engineering is the field of study that deals with the design, development, production and maintenance of the equipment used at sea and onboard sea vessels like boats, ships etc.

Naval Architect is a professional engineer who is responsible for the design, construction and repair of ships, boats, other marine vessels and offshore structures, both civil and military, including: Merchant ships - Oil/Gas Tankers, Cargo Ships, Cruise Liners, etc.

Ocean engineering deals with the application of design, construction, and maintenance principles and techniques to the ocean environment. Ocean engineering provides an important link between the other oceanographic disciplines such as marine biology, chemical and physical oceanography, and marine geology and geophysics.

Coastal engineering is a division of civil engineering responsible for the organization, conception, development and preservation of structures on the shoreline. The objectives of these tasks involve management of shoreline erosion; improvement of navigation channels and harbors; protection against flooding brought on by storms, tides and even seismically triggered waves (tsunamis); improvement of coastal recreation; and management of pollution in nearby marine environments.

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