Engineering Concentration FAQ's
Engineering Concentration is a three-year program culminating in a capstone project examining one of the challenges we face as our society considers colonization of Mars. This project will include a model, a research paper, oral defense of the topic, and an electronic component of the presentation (e.g. website, film).
There will be a ‘benchmark’ project related to the question posed for each course. For example, in Chemistry the benchmark question will be, “How will fuel be produced and stored on Mars?” Students will create a product brief at the completion of each required course. This product brief will address the Mars related question for that course and will include a written portion and a visual component, such as 3D rendering or a photograph/picture. Detailed information on the project brief will be discussed with students in each class.
Below is a list of classes that students will need to pass to meet the program requirements.
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Technology and Engineering requirements
Minimum of twenty (20) credits in Technology/Engineering classes to qualify for the Capstone class
Potential topics of investigation for the Senior Capstone: The following list is not comprehensive. Rather, it is designed to demonstrate the breadth of the capstone. Capstone topics can address:
- Medical issues on Mars
- Hierarchy of a new society
- Ways to sustain life by developing a sustainable food and water supply
- Protection of equipment from weather, environment
- Physiological concerns
- Post travel: How do we acclimate once we arrive?
- How do we deal with the limited amount of space on the vehicles bringing us there? (physics, social studies)
- How to address social issues as they arise in the second and third generations?