Engineering & Design Honors Program Mission Statement

Prepare young women for a life of compassionate leadership and service in an engineering and design profession through an academic program based on a rigorous course of study and meaningful experiential learning.

Program Goals

  1. To expose students to the Engineering and Design disciplines in an integrated, engaging way so that they may better determine what they would like to pursue in college.
  2. To encourage students to take risks, engage in hands-on learning, persist in problem solving, embrace creativity, feel comfortable with collaboration and become independent learners.
  3. To provide students with the prerequisite skills and confidence necessary to become highly successful in a college STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) environment.

List of 6 items.

  • Course of Study

    In addition to completing requirements for either the Purple or Gold Pathway, students will also complete the following curriculum: 

    Theology/CORE Ministry: 4.0 credits
    Health and Physical Education: 1.0 credit Health / 0.5 credit Physical Education
    Social Studies: 3.0 credits
    English: 4.0 credits
    Math: 4.0 credits
    Science: 3.0 credits
    Visual & Performing Arts: 1.0 credit
    World Language: 3.0 credits (of the same language)
  • Hands-On Experience

    Students are required to complete shadowing, internships or other similar experiences (such as summer workshops or programs, field trips, projects and competitions) to help provide authentic and experiential learning, working through real design and engineering challenges.
  • Service Learning

    Service learning is rooted in intentionality, a process that develops empathy, responsibility and selfconfidence. This component encompasses “serving the dear neighbor,” a keystone of the teachings of the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
  • Projects and Competition

    By the first semester of senior year, students will complete 2-4 individual or group projects or competitions in their chosen field of specialization. Students can choose from the examples below or propose a new opportunity.
    • Examples of past art, graphic design and photography projects and competitions include: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Cleveland Clinic eXpressions® contest, Tri-C Rock Off design contests, Congressional Art Show, Governor’s Art Show, Benny Awards (Graphic Arts Council of Cleveland), Art Doodle for Google and Emerging Artist Exhibition.
    • Examples of past engineering projects and competitions include: VEX Robotics Competition, GoBabyGo!, RePlay for Kids, F1 in Schools (F1TM) STEM Competition, Bridging Engineering, Science & Technology (BEST) Medicine Engineering Fair, Believe in Ohio (BiO) Competition, STEM Goes Red for Girls, scaled Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing for Congregation of St. Joseph’s St. Joseph Center and local engineering projects.
  • Online Portfolio

    The online portfolio links student experiences and provides context for learning. Students will create an electronic portfolio that documents and illustrates their work, growth and development as they accomplish program requirements.
  • Portfolio Conference

    At the end of their senior year, students will present their reflections, growth and future plans to a panel of industry professionals, academic administration for third-party validation.

Contact Us

Mr. Robert Zdankiewicz
Engineering and Design Honors Program Coordinator
216.347.7408