Academics

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

To provide a project-based education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to high school students in a way that is:

Relevant
The exciting, hands-on projects provide a real world problem solving experience

Business Oriented
The program teaches skills needed for success in established business and entrepreneurial ventures

Team Based
The students work in teams on projects and in the community

Engaging
The learning environment is accessible and exciting

So that graduates are well prepared to achieve their goals of pursuing higher education and contributing to the workplace and society.

Brief Description of Three-Year Integrated Course:

three-year series of integrated curriculum

This is a three-year series of integrated curriculum that will collectively cover the content contained in a standard laboratory science physics course, a standard Visual and Performing Arts sculpture course, and an engineering elective course. These courses will be taught by a team of teachers who are credentialed in physics, visual and performing arts, and engineering technology. Content will be covered in a completely integrated, cross-curricular fashion.

Engineering Technology Content Covered Each Year:

 

Freshman Year:

Engineering design and product development, drafting conventions, schematics, layouts, engineering drawings, CAD software, bill of materials, computer programming basics using Excel and CAD, tools of engineering technology, simple machines

Sophomore Year:

Measurement, control, electrical energy and power, computer systems, automation, computer programming, engineering and industrial design

Junior Year:

Advanced product design and development, industrial and manufacturing processes, quality assurance, systems and test engineering, advanced controls and automation, complex assembly drawing and diagrams, power distribution schematics, and computer programming

Visual and Performing Arts—Sculpture Content Covered Each Year:

 

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Years:

Elements and principles of design (e.g. line, shape, value, harmony, balance, and rhythm), basic techniques (e.g. addition, subtraction, and manipulation), tools, historical and cultural context, and how to critique artworks

Physics Content Covered Each Year:

 

Freshman Year:

Forces and Newton’s Laws, vectors, speed, velocity, torque, energy, electricity and magnetism

Sophomore Year:

Mechanical work, mechanical energy, mechanical power, conservation of energy, momentum, impulse, conservation of momentum, collisions, stress, strain, pressure, elasticity, electrical work, electrical power, efficiency and electric motor analysis.

Junior Year:

Kinematics and two-dimensional trajectory problems, dynamic systems and forces, harmonic and oscillatory motion, waves and sound

Required Pre-Requisites for Freshman Year: Algebra 1 or Higher Math

Required Co-Requisites for Freshman Year: Geometry or Higher Math

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Required Pre-Requisites for Sophomore Year: Geometry or Higher Math

Required Co-Requisites for Sophomore Year: Algebra 2 or Higher Math

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Required Pre-Requisites for Junior Year: Algebra 2 or Higher

Required Co-Requisites for Junior Year: Advanced Mathematics or Higher

 

Advanced Engineering Physics: Grade 12

This is a specialized course developed specifically for the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA). The main purpose of this course is to provide seniors in the DPEA with the prerequisite knowledge and analytical ability necessary to design, build, program, and test a functional robot that will perform successfully in the FIRST Robotics Competition. This course covers physics topics in a greater depth than an introductory high school physics course and, in many instances, at a more advanced level than AP Physics. This course also covers advanced topics in the physical sciences that are the foundation for various fields of engineering and which are not traditionally covered in the typical high school physics setting.

Students study mechanics including kinematics, statics, stress and strain analysis of both static elements and systems such as beams and trusses, rotational dynamics, gearing and linkage, and materials, including an introduction to elasticity, plasticity, and fracture mechanics. In addition, students study topics related to electricity and magnetism. Traditional topics such as voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and DC and AC motors are covered at an advanced level. This is followed by study of analog electronics including equivalent resistance, voltage dividers, filters, transistors, and transformers. Finally, students learn about digital electronics, gate theory and logic, microprocessors and electromechanical systems.

This course is project based and encourages and promotes strong leadership and team building, both of which are necessary to work on a successful design-build engineering program. This course is a Lab Science, which meets the “d” requirement for the University of California and also qualifies for a weighted grade.

FIRST Robotics ROP: Grade 12

This course is designed to provide students with the experience of working for an Engineering Design and Manufacturing Company. It is offered thanks to the support of the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) and the Regional Occupation Program (ROP). This simulated company will be set up to design, manufacture, assemble, program, and test a fully functional robot. The robot that the students produce in this course will be entered into the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

After completing this course, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to be placed in an internship or entry-level position in their area of specialization. Students will also be academically qualified to pursue higher education in engineering, science, or technology at a college or university.

The students in this course will be broken up into teams that represent the different branches found in a typical engineering company (e.g. mechanical, electrical, software, manufacturing, etc.) Each of these student teams will focus their learning on one area of engineering technology and then they will be responsible for the successful completion of all of the aspects/components of the robot related to this field of technology. For example, one group of students will focus on electrical engineering and will be responsible for designing, integrating, and testing all of the electrical components of the robot.

Though each group of students will focus on one particular area of technical expertise, all of the groups will work together throughout the entire process from conception to production to ensure that each specialized aspect/component will be able to function as part of a fully-integrated system. This reflects exactly what occurs in private industry; the success of a project not only hinges upon the success of each distinct team, but also upon the ability of the teams to work collectively to make the parts become a unified whole system. Therefore, participating in the robot-build process within this framework will give students a true-to-life engineering experience that is invaluable.

Working for a company as an engineering professional requires more than technical expertise and teamwork. It requires a variety of auxiliary skills that this course will help students acquire, such as planning and working within a budget, scheduling and meeting deadlines, participating in design review meetings, selecting and procuring materials, preparing and delivering presentations, interfacing with industry partners, and soliciting and securing capital investment to ensure the robotics program's sustainability.

Engineering Academy Four Year Curriculum: The Art of Engineering

Engineering Academy Four Year Curriculum: The Art of Engineering

The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) is a four-year program at Dos Pueblos High School that is designed to give students a real-world, interdisciplinary, project-based approach to learning.

The program strives to create a balance between theory and application. Students who graduate from DPEA are prepared to participate in internships and research in both academia and industry while they attend college. This program is structured to run like a business, with students assisting with day-to-day operations of the academy.

 

Course Areas

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Engineering Academy:
Five dedicated courses that together compose six class credits, as Senior FIRST Robotics is a double-length class.

Engineering Technology
(H)

Engineering Sculpture & Design
(H)

Engineering Physics
(H)

Advanced Engineering Physics
(H)

FIRST Robotics (double-length class)

Social Science: District requires 3 years; suggested sequence shown.

none

World History
(P or AP)

US History
(P or AP)

Government / Economics
(P or AP)

English:
District requires 4 years

English 9
(P or H)

English 10
(P or H)

English 11
(P, H, or AP)

English 12
(P or AP)
or English 110/111*

Math:
District requires 3 years; DPEA requires either 4 years or completion of Calculus.

Start with next level beyond 8th grade:
Geometry (P or H), then Algebra 2 (P) or Algebra 2 / Trig (H), then Pre-Calculus (P or H or IB), then Calculus (AP) or Calculus Math 150/160*

Science:
District requires 1 year each of a life science (ie, Biology) and a physical science. The year of physical science is satisfied through the DPEA engineering courses above, but additional courses are recommended.

Biology
(P or AP)

Consider Physics (AP), Biology (AP),
Chemistry (P or AP)

Language: District requires 2 years of language or visual & performing arts; UC/CSU require 2 years of language plus 1 year of visual & performing arts. The year of visual & performing arts is satisfied through the DPEA engineering courses above. Some colleges require 3 years of language.

World Language

World Language

Consider 3rd year of language

Physical Education: District requires 2 years

Physical Education

Physical Education

Optional additional Physical Education

Electives / Other:
One semester of Health is required. Additional elective courses are added to meet District requirements for the total number of credits.

Review course handbook for options

Consider Computer Science (AP),
Math 117 (Statistics
)*

P= College Prep, H=Honors, AP=Advanced Placement, IB=International Baccalaureate, *SBCC Dual Enrollment

 

 

 

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Engineering Academy Four-Year Curriculum

The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) is a four-year program at Dos Pueblos High School that is designed to give students a real-world, interdisciplinary, project-based approach to learning.

The program strives to create a balance between theory and application. Students who graduate from DPEA are prepared to participate in internships and research in both academia and industry while they attend college. This program is structured to run like a business, with students assisting with day-to-day operations of the academy.

Course Areas

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Engineering Academy:
Five dedicated courses that together compose six class credits, as the Senior Capstone Project is a double-length class.

Engineering Technology
(H)

Engineering Sculpture & Design
(H)

Engineering Physics
(H)

Advanced Engineering Physics
(H)

Senior Capstone Project (double-length class)

Social Science: District requires 3 years; suggested sequence shown.

none

World History
(P or AP)

US History
(P or AP)

Government / Economics
(P or AP)

English:
District requires 4 years

English 9
(P or H)

English 10
(P or H)

English 11
(P, AP, IB, or English 110/111*) 

English 12
(P, AP, IB, 
or English 110/111*)

Math:
District requires 3 years; DPEA requires either 4 years or completion of Calculus.

CLASS OF 2018+:

Integrated Math I, II, III, then Precalculus OR
Integrated Math Plus (H) I, II, III, then Calculus AB (AP) or Calculus Math 150/160*

Science:
District requires 1 year each of a life science (ie, Biology) and a physical science. The year of physical science is satisfied through the DPEA engineering courses above, but additional courses are recommended.

Biology
(P) or Physics 1 (AP)

Consider Physics 2 (AP), Biology (AP),
Chemistry (H or AP)

Language: District requires 2 years of language or visual & performing arts; UC/CSU require 2 years of language plus 1 year of visual & performing arts. The year of visual & performing arts is satisfied through the DPEA engineering courses above. Some colleges require 3 years of language.

World Language

World Language

Consider 3rd or 4th year of language

Physical Education: District requires 2 years

Physical Education

Physical Education

Optional additional Physical Education

Electives / Other:
One semester of Health is required. Additional elective courses are added to meet District requirements for the total number of credits.

Review course handbook for options

Consider Computer Science (AP),
Math 117/114 (Statistics
)*

P= College Prep, H=Honors, AP=Advanced Placement, IB=International Baccalaureate, *SBCC Dual Enrollment

 

Mission Statement

The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) uses project-based learning to facilitate learning and assess student competence. This instructional method provides students with complex tasks based on challenging questions or problems that involve the students' problem solving, decision making, investigative skills, and reflection. As a result, students develop valuable research and design skills. Project-based learning promotes new learning habits, emphasizing creative thinking skills by allowing students to find that there are many ways to solve a problem.

During their first three years of study, DPEA students take an integrated project-based curriculum that collectively covers in an interdisciplinary fashion the content contained in a 1) standard laboratory science physics course, 2) a standard visual and performing arts sculpture course and 3) an engineering elective course. These courses are taught by a team of teachers who are credentialed in physics, visual and performing arts, and engineering technology.

This short video gives an overview of the DPEA teaching philosophy. A video documentary produced by Lynda.com also shows how project-based learning works at the DPEA.

Mission Statement
To provide a project-based education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to high school students in a way that is:

  • Relevant. The exciting, hands-on projects provide a real world problem solving experience,
  • Business Oriented.
    The program teaches skills needed for success in established business and entrepreneurial ventures,
  • Team Based. The students work in teams on projects and in the community,
  • Engaging. The learning environment is accessible and exciting

So that graduates are well prepared to achieve their goals of pursuing higher education and contributing to the workplace and society.

 

Business Teams

DPEA students may apply in the spring to be on a business team the following year. Most business team members are sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A few spaces are available to freshmen for fall applications.

The DPEA has about 20 business teams to help it run smoothly. Business Team meetings are held on Monday evenings during the school year from 5-7 pm (not necessarily every week; each team has a unique workload and schedule). Some business teams have students work independently or in small groups.

Business Teams offer students the real-life experience of working in a professional business environment to develop skills that can transfer to the real world. Business teams are mentored by parent and community volunteers with professional expertise.

The DPEA currently has the following Business Teams:

Admissions/Outreach
This team organizes admissions-related activities (including Open Houses, public presentations, and the school district Academy Showcase). They also organize the DPEA admissions process in February/March (including recruitment presentations and the interview process).

Apparel
The Apparel team determines which items to offer for purchase by students and the general public and manages the procurement and orders of all Mechatronics team apparel, including senior jumpsuits. They also attach the sponsor patches and logos to all jumpsuits.

Art
The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy aims to incorporate artistic originality and creativity in our education by encouraging student participation in the National Art Honor Society. This team collaborates with the art teacher to coordinate field trips and exhibits as well as apply for art grants. This team also played a key role in the landscaping project around the Elings Center for Engineering Education.

Building/Equipment
This team helps the DPEA shop manager keep the building well-organized and keeps track of the tools and machines used in the building.

Community Service Program Management (CSPM)
This team manages community service opportunities available through the DPEA. Currently, DPEA students can volunteer as tutors on campus at DPHS through the UCSB Pathways Program and the DPHS Seminar Period. Off-campus volunteer opportunities include: local elementary school First Lego Leagues, Girls Inc., and the AVID program at local junior high schools. Student volunteers may choose to apply their accrued hours towards regular DPHS Community Service hours or DPEA "travel credit" towards their Senior Year Mechatronics travel.

Communications
This team provides communication to students in the DPEA, including writing blog posts about the student experience.

Grant Writing/Awards
Grants provide a significant source of funding to run the DPEA. This team writes and applies for grants from about seven to eight local and national companies each year.

Graphics
The Graphics team creates most of the digital graphics and designs related to Mechatronics, including banners, headers and apparel. They also manage the graphics files for the sponsors' logos used for jumpsuit patches. Their designs play a large role in creating and sustaining the DPEA's identity within Dos Pueblos High School and the local community.

Human Resources
This team is responsible for assisting DPEA teachers in staffing the Business Teams, as well as distributing/collecting applications and organizing the Business Team Fair each spring. This team is also responsible for overall administration of the Business Team system including system improvements where needed
.

Information Technology
This team is responsible for maintaining the computers and user accounts in the Elings Center for Engineering Education. In addition, they perform upgrades to the computer systems.

Photo/Video
This team uses video and still cameras to document the academy's activities throughout the school year. Additionally, the team shoots and edits videos for the academy and the DPEA Foundation. Team members are responsible for archiving footage, stills and finished videos. The Photo/Video team works closely with other business teams, including the Web Content, Social Media and Communications.

Presentations and Sponsor Relations
Throughout the year, the Academy demonstrates their education design through presentations. The presentations team is in charge of setting up, rehearsing, organizing, and carrying out all of these presentations. Presentations also give us a chance to show our sponsors where their time and resources are going and solicit new sponsors.

Senior Activities
This team organizes events for just for DPEA seniors and their families including Pizza with the D'Penguineers and End-of-the-Year Potluck Dinner.

Social Media
This team regularly shares engaging pictures and captions of student life at the DPEA. They are the ones that post to our official Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Supply Chain
Running the Engineering Academy involves plenty of money changing hands, and this team manages all of these expenses. They order supplies, keep the business and engineering teams on budget, and record all spending.

Travel
Our Travel team organizes student and mentor transportation, hotels, and food for all senior travel, including Mechatronics trips.

Web Content
The Web Content team expands the DPEA's audience by utilizing the web. They manage and update the contents of this website, gathering information and news articles to inform the DPEA community and the public.

 

At-a-glance facts about DPEA Business Teams & Service Learning Projects:

  • Participation is completely optional for DPEA students.
  • Most Business Team meetings are held on Mondays during various time periods on Monday nights.
  • For students who are unable to commit to Monday during the school year, sometime between 4 and 7 pm, depending on the team. Not every team meets weekly, and some Business Teams meet during lunch. Each team has a unique workload and schedule and some have students work independently or in small groups.
  • Students have the option of earning Community Service hours or variable Course Credit for their participation on a Business Team. However, students CANNOT earn Travel Credit by being on a Business Team.
  • Business Teams are mentored by parent and community volunteers with professional expertise.
  • Business Teams offer students the real-life experience of working in a professional business environment in order to develop skills that can transfer from the academic to the real world.
  • Business Teams require students to learn and apply a variety of business skills including journalism skills, financial skills (such as accounting and purchasing), media skills (such as photography, video, and editing), and communication skills (such as presentations and grant writing).