Pre-Engineering Program

The Pre-Engineering program at Bowness High School is designed to provide students with an understanding of engineering as a career path, while also providing them with skills and knowledge that will help them succeed should they pursue an education in engineering.

The program focuses on developing critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration skills in students through the direct application of math and physics skills to rigorous design-based projects.

Program Structure

Unlike Pre-Engineering programs offered elsewhere in the Calgary Board of Education, the Pre-Engineering program at Bowness High School is fully integrated in the math and physics curriculum starting in Grade 11 and 12. This allows students to directly apply the concepts discussed in class to solve challenging design problems in the Pre-Engineering classroom and for engineering concepts not normally covered in high school courses to be introduced in order to better prepare students for university courses.

Grade 10 Pre-Engineering consists of a single period option class in which students learn basic skills that will be used throughout the program, while earning CTS credits in some of the following areas:

  • Electronics fabrication and circuit design
  • Computer-aided design
  • Computer programming
  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Pneumatics & hydraulics

Grade 11 Pre-Engineering consists of two periods with Math 20-1 and Physics 20 being taught from an engineering perspective. Major engineering design projects incorporating aspects of both courses will be a key component of the course. Through these projects, students will continue to develop their skills in the topics introduced in the Grade 10 course.

Grade 12 Pre-Engineering consists of two periods with Math 30-1 and Physics 30 being taught from an engineering perspective. Engineering design and analysis will be a key theme as students work through the courses. Applications of course topics will provide students with an understanding of their use in a future career in engineering.

Summer Internships

The Pre-Engineering program at Bowness High School is fortunate to have several corporate partners who will be accepting applications from exceptional students in the Pre-Engineering program for summer internships in engineering fields. Please note that while these positions are available to students in the Pre-Engineering program, they are not guaranteed.

Any questions or comments about the Pre-Engineering program at Bowness High School please feel free to contact the following:

David Owen
dlowen@cbe.ab.ca
403-286-5092 

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