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    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.  In 2014, the STEM Academy was closed and we returned to our previous scheduling systems.  Our program still focuses on the same key goals and affords our learners the opportunity to explore their passions and career options.

    The program we have put together is not simply a collection of classes.  It is a small learning community that spans four-years and teaches our learners so much more than engineering. 

    CISD Program of Study description:

    The STEM Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional services, including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services

    The Engineering program of study focuses on the design, development, and use of engines, machines, and structures. Students will learn how to apply science, mathematical methods, and empirical evidence to the innovation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of different manufacturing systems. 

    Source: https://www.coppellisd.com/cms/lib/TX01000550/Centricity/Domain/2909/CHS%20-%20Engineering.pdf

    STEM Program of Study

    School of Engineering Mission Statement

    The mission of the Coppell School of Engineering, a focused, small-learning community embracing a common vision, is to develop strong, inquiry driven learners with a passion for designing solutions to meet human needs through: relevant and challenging real-life learning experiences, development of strong interpersonal skills, and mastery of technical skills to provide a solid foundation for a future in STEM related careers.

    School of Engineering Vision Statement

    The vision of the Coppell School of Engineering is to fully prepare all of our students for future success in STEM careers, built on a foundation of strong ethical interpersonal and intrapersonal skills in conjunction with technical development through real world applications.


    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:

    • Design of solutions to human needs
    • Advanced implantation of productivity software
    • 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
    • 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.