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STEM Automotive Technology 1,2 (8300, 8310)    - PILOT COURSE -


Pilot Site:
 Pilot course for Clairemont, Crawford, Madison, and Mira Mesa High Schools. Other schools may not offer this course without prior approval from the Interdivisional Curriculum Committee.

Grade Range:
 10–12
 Prerequisites:
 None
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Practical Arts
 UC subject area satisfied:
 g - College Preparatory Electives
Course Description:
 STEM Automotive Technology is an intermediate level course designed to build upon the foundational training provided in the STEM automotive course, Understanding My Ride. This intermediate course is designed to provide a continuation of the higher-level thinking skills, and background knowledge where students can continue to explore the engine design and engineering characteristics of the internal combustion engine through the collection of data and the measurement of engine efficiency, power, performance, and environmental impact.

Students will explore the common automotive subsystems which include: Engines, Brakes, Steering, Suspension, Drivetrains, Electrical, and Fuel and Emission systems. Students will participate in the STEM automotive lab by making minor repairs and adjustments on the various systems of the modern automobile by using diagnostic equipment and specialty tools. Students will be challenged to think critically as to how mathematical and scientific concepts are directly tied to engineering and automotive professions. Students will learn the content in the STEM Automotive lab which will present students with realistic diagnostic scenarios encouraging advanced level thinking and problem-solving skills. The course also offers students with expanded training, by offering industry-recognized certification which includes Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and National Coalition of Certification (NC3) student certifications. Such certifications are highly sought after and recognized in the automotive, aviation, and engineering occupations.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Gray, Michael: Automotive Upkeep; CDX online automotive curriculum

Supplemental Resources
SP2 online safety program