Intro to Engineering with Lab is the name of one of our homeschool high school classes.  Our son has always been interested in electronics and engineering so this kind of class should be no surprise.  The following is our course description and documentation.  Ironically, it does not list everything we’ve used and covered nor every place we have toured!

Books Used:

  • The Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  • How It Works: Gadgets by Steve Parker
  • Marshall Brain’s More How Stuff Works by Marshall Brain
  • The Lego Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa
  • 101 Questions & Answers How Things Work by Reed International Books
  • The Lego Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines by Yoshihito Isogawa
  • The Way Things Work by Simon & Schuster
  • The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects by Popular Science
  • Structures: Discover Science Through Facts and Fun by Gerry Bailey & Steve Way
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamaba & Bryan Mealer
  • Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History by Eric Chaline


Videos Used (DVD sets or video courses):

  • How It’s Made: Auto by  Science Channel
  • Making Stuff 2: Wilder, Colder, Safer, and Faster by NOVA & PBS
  • How It’s Made by Science Channel
  • Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life by The Great Courses
  • Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World by The Great Courses
  • How We Got To Now: The History and Power of Great Ideas by PBS
  • Ultimate Factories by National Geographic
  • The Impossible Flight: Solar Impulse by NOVA
  • Super Structures by Madacy Home Videos


Science/Lab Kits Used:

  • Hydrodynamic Deluxe Building Set
  • LEGO Pneumatics Set
  • STEM Challenge Cards
  • Zometool Kits
  • Power House
  • Q the Robot
  • Lego Education Renewable Energy
  • 3Doodler Create
  • Makeblock Starter Robot Kit
  • Flexo
  • Legos
  • Lego Mindstorms NXT
  • Tinker Crate Kits
  • Rumble Lab Kits
  • Monoprice Maker Select Plus 3D printer
  • Drones
  • Civil Air Patrol Units
  • 4 in 1 Hydraulic Machines
  • Ford STEAM Experience: A Lesson in Automotive Engineering
  • Smart Car Robotics
  • Pico Sky-Z Steam Turbine
  • Solar H2O Heater Kit
  • Taking apart major appliances and electronics


Museums Visited:

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Space Center Houston
  • NASA Johnson Space Center Lab Tours
  • Houston Children’s Museum & Maker Lab
  • Houston Community College Manufacturing Lab
  • Boston Museum of Science
  • MIT Museum
  • The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments – Harvard University
  • Discovery World Science and Technology Museum
  • Telus Spark
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Oshman Design Engineering Kitchen Tour at Rice University
  • Opus College of Engineering Tour at Marquette University
  • Physics Festival at Texas A&M University
  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Porsche Museum
  • International Antarctic Centre