FAQ – Engineering Design & Development

What makes Central Campus courses different from courses in my home school?

The Engineering Design & Development course is a senior level culminating pre-engineering course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of classes. It is only offered at Central Campus in Des Moines Public Schools. Although this class is part of the Project Lead The Way sequence, it is a great class for students with a wide variety of course experiences that want to apply all of their skills on a real world problem.

What will I do in courses at Central Campus?

Students in EDD, or Capstone, will in small teams, identify real problems, research and design solutions, build a testable prototype, and communicate their solution with the ultimate goal of applying for a U.S. Patent.

What are the course requirements for enrollment?

It is recommended that students have taken at least one Project Lead The Way course, and various elective courses throughout their high school careers. Any experience in arts, graphics, material processing, engineering, design, or electronics are helpful.

How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?

EDD is a one block course.

What careers will this program prepare me for?

This course will take the students through the design process cycle, and is applicable to any career.

What type of credit can I earn?

High school credit towards graduation. College credit is awarded through Des Moines Area Community College.

What certifications will I earn?


Are field trips and study tours available?

Students in this class will visit various professionals throughout the year to gain insight and expertise in areas where they need assistance.

Are there internships or jobs available through this program?


What student organizations/competitions are available through this program?

A variety of student organizations are explored and students are encouraged to join.