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From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality.  ASCEND Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

What is ASCEND?

In ASCEND (Academy of Science Engineering and Design), students engage in open-ended problem solving, then learn and apply the engineering design process in the classroom.  ASCEND utilizes the same industry-leading technology and software used by the world’s top companies. Students are immersed in design as they investigate topics in the following areas such as:

•  Sustainability
•  Mechatronics
•  Forces
•  Structures
•  Aerodynamics
•  Digital electronics
•  Circuit Design
•  Manufacturing
•  Environment
ASCEND courses:
•  Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
•  Principles of Engineering
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
•  Civil Engineering and Architecture 
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software. 
•  Aerospace Engineering 
This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.  Students also experience an atmospheric flight orientation ride with the Young Eagles program or the Air Force Civil Air Patrol.