Academy of Engineering

Programs of Study for NAFTrack Certification

NAF Academies of Engineering use curriculum developed by Project Lead The Way, The STEM Academy, Paxton/Patterson, and Intelitek as described below. Each of these programs has fees for curriculum implementation and maintenance that must be paid directly to the vendor by NAF academies. The integrated units for the Academy of Engineering that were once housed in the curriculum library have been archived. If you would like to access these materials, please contact the NAF Knowledge Management Team kenglish@naf.org.

Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way offers a three- to four-year engineering curriculum program that encompasses two foundational engineering courses and a choice of eight specialization courses that academies can choose from to customize for their local area. Specialization courses include Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Digital Electronics, Environmental Sustainability, and a capstone course in Engineering Design and Development.

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Paxton/Patterson

Paxton/Patterson offers a flexible turnkey STEM program that includes all equipment and supplies, installation, and technical support. Schools select the appropriate number of modules that best fit their district's pathway and schedule. Modules include: Alternative Energy, Architectural Design, Biotechnology, Communications Technology, Construction Technology, Digital Electronics, Environmental Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Materials Science, Robotics and Automation, and Transportation Technology. The higher-level applications course consists of four work-themed units that include engineering applications in Alternative Energy and Environment, Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing and Materials, and Robotics. The application program utilizes SolidWorks and leads to industry certification.

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Supplemental and Support Courses

Algebra 1 Math Support

This math curriculum can serve as replacement units for the major chapters in a traditional textbook or as supplemental projects to make Algebra I concepts and skills more engaging for all students. Each of the six units is project-based and incorporates engineering and design themes, fundamental skills, problem solving, and critical thinking.

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Summer Math Bridge Program

The Summer Math Bridge Program introduces students to the process of selecting and using units of appropriate size and type to measure angles, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume.

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