The Totino-Grace Engineering Institute follows a cohort model. Sophomores with an interest in the program should attend the E3 information meeting with a parent in January. To further inquire about the program, commitment and expectations, contact program directors Mr. Dan Vandermyde or Mr. Matt Thibodeau


Course Descriptions

The Totino-Grace Engineering Institute will intellectually engage and challenge students with a rigorous curriculum that includes coursework focused on engineering, as well as exposure to the field of engineering through program components occurring outside of the classroom.

Engineering 1 

This is the first course in a 3-course sequence for students accepted into the Totino-Grace E3 Engineering Institute. Engineering I will expose students to the field of engineering, specifically: what engineering is, what engineers do, and the variety of different types of engineering. Students will learn the engineering design process, and follow it to create solutions to design challenges. Students will also learn some basic CAD skills and some basic machining skills necessary to produce models and prototypes for their solutions. Students will work as teams on design challenges and give presentations of their solutions.
Only students accepted into the E3 Institute are eligible to enroll in this course
1 semester - 1 credit 

Engineering 2 

This is the second course in a 3-course sequence for students in the Totino-Grace E3 Engineering Institute.   The focus of Engineering 2 is to have students continue to develop an understanding of what engineering is, what engineers do, and to apply their knowledge and skills learned in Engineering 1.  Students will work in teams on four major projects throughout the semester.  Emphasis will be placed on following the engineering design process to come up with creative solutions to challenges presented to them.  Projects will be chosen from a variety of engineering fields, and their solutions will be tested through the use of models and prototypes created through a variety of manufacturing processes, including the use of the 3D printer and laser cutter, arduinos, and fabrication using shop equipment.  Students will also continue to develop their presentation skills on each project and become more comfortable with technical writing.   
Prerequisite:  Engineering 1
1 Semester - 1 Credit 

Engineering 3 

In this course, students will take an engineering project from conception to completion and present their project to a larger audience. This will involve conceptualizing, designing, testing, modifying, presenting a functioning product or system. 


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