• About Us

    Von Braun
    History of the School of Engineering

    The work on the School of Engineering at Coppell High School began in 2006 with the support and cooperation of both SMU and TCU.   The Infinity Project and the digital signal processing materials were supported by SMU.  The TCU Departments of Education and Engineering have been assisting us with curriculum and mentoring opportunities.   In 2009, the Engineering Academy pilot began with 44 freshmen students taking engineering and an engineering related humanities course.  The humanities course covered requirements for both English 1 and World Geography.  in 2010, the name changed to the STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).  The STEM Academy incorporated all core classes and offer pathways in engineering, and the natural sciences.  Two other Academies, Public Service (PSA) and Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) joined STEM in offering a small learning community.

    The implementation of House Bill 5 (HB5) in fall of 2014 brought about changes to the CHS curriculum.  The Academies made way for new endorsement pathways.  The STEM Endorsement now encompasses Engineering and Computer Science, but does not have cohorts for the core classes.  Engineering students still learn about Engineering Design and various engineering tools.  The focus of the School of Engineering is on embedded systems leading students toward a cumulative capstone project that allows them to apply their four years of learning on a large project.

    Goal and Objectives
    The CHS School of Engineering will focus on 3 main goals through the program to meet the challenges facing students:

    ·         Increase the number of students successfully pursuing engineering and technical degrees in college

    ·         Increase the number of women and minority students participating in the CHS School of Engineering

    ·         Increase the communications skills of students through participation in the CHS School of Engineering


    Students have the opportunity to employ the engineering design process through numerous short-term and long-term design projects and to acquire skills not usually developed until the junior or senior year of college.  These skills include:

    ·         Advanced implantation of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    ·         Communication skills (written and oral)

    ·         Computer-aided drawing and design

    ·         Familiarity with and ability to use standard scientific and engineering instrumentation

    ·         Principles of data acquisition, analysis, and evaluation

    ·         Programming logic and principles of computer programming

    ·         Mathematical modeling of engineering systems

    ·         Familiarity with engineering ethics and engineering economics and business principles

    Examples include:
    ·         A Rigorous four-year Pre-college programs at Coppell High School in engineering and the natural sciences designed to provide a strong educational foundation
    ·         Stand-alone introduction courses for students not sure about engineering or who may have decided to pursue an engineering education later in their high school career

    ·         Summer camps for students from elementary school to high school to enrich their interest in science and engineering and strengthen their studies in a particular area

    ·         Mentoring programs between high school engineering students and students in lower grade levels

    ·         Activities and lessons for Elementary and Middle School teachers that bridge the gaps between math, science and technology


    The program is a unique educational experience and has a different requirement than the typical academic class.  Students are involved in many projects and outside competitions where they get to utilize the engineering skills they learn in the classroom. 


    We are continuously working on the CHS School of Engineering program with the support and cooperation of various universities.