• RHS Academy of Engineering

    Course Syllabi

    Instructor: Mr. Bill Richardson

    Email: wrichardson@madison-schools.com


    Introduction to Engineering Academy The Academy focuses on mechanical design, robotics, and unmanned aerial systems(UAS) throughout its successive years. The students will be expected to think and work in a team mentality as well as independent work. Students will be highly encouraged to participate in robotics teams, UAS, TSA, or other student competitions. Students will be routinely be photographed and videoed for projects and student related productions. Sometimes students will be asked to mentor other groups as well as appear in public venues to demonstrate or speak about projects. Portfolios are also required each year as well as a Sr. Capstone project. All of these activities are required or highly encouraged in order to prepare the students for working in technology fields, on teams, in engineering, in coding, in technician education and other careers. Office hours: For help, extra instruction, robot build time, or computer time you may come before school (but arrange it ahead of time), during break, or during normal class time if what you are requesting is available.


    Office hours: Before school if not on duty, between classes, after school if arranged, and by appointment as needed.


    Courses taught:

    • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) – 9th grade
      • Concentrations in engineering design process, Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD), SolidWorks CAD, project design, robot parts and mechanisms, Newton’s Laws, and careers
    • Engineering Design/Intro to Engineering Design – 10th grade
      • Concentrations in Engineering design process, 3D printing, simple machines, mechanisms, manufacturing process, coding, robotics, and interview skills
    • Systems in Engineering – 11th grade
      • Concentrations in: Electronics, circuits, logic charts, Boolean logic, coding, number systems, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and student projects.
    • Applied Engineering – 12th grade
      • Concentrations in advanced


    Grading policies:

    • Daily grades are standard weight. There will usually be one or more daily grades per week.  Sometimes it is simply participation level while others are graded/ minor quizzes.
    • Tests are standard grades unless stated otherwise. If it is a standard test with the usual type questions, it will be graded on right and wrong answers.  However, if it is a written test with essays, designs, CAD or otherwise, the grading will be done rubric style or by points off per mistake.
    • Projects happen at least 2 times during each 9 weeks. They may be graded on the “Board Review” concept or design review concept.  More information will be given during class.
    • Missing work and assignments – If you miss a grade, test or assignments it is your responsibility to contact the teacher about it, make it up, and check back periodically to make sure it was graded or turned in properly. If you do not follow this process do not be surprised when a “0” appears in the gradebook. Follow the school policy.
    • Extra credit – as needed and only offered, not requested!



    Pacing guide:


    1st 9 weeks

    2nd 9 weeks

    3rd 9 weeks

    4th 9 weeks


    Orientation, safety, CAD terms, sketching, CAD basics, Design Process

    Design Process, CAD assembly, real world applications, breakdown of mechanisms and machines

    Smart design, assemblies, advanced problem design and problem solving, and more

    CAD Assembly, mechanism, motion, and physics

    Eng. Design/IED

    Note: There is a possibility of following the PLTW curriculum vs RCU

    Orientation, safety, CAD review, drawing review, mechanisms, robotics, coding, 3D printing, basic physics, design process

    CAD project (robot design), Eng. Design process, CAD assembly, coding, Newton’s Laws, project, design process

    Robot coding, mechanisms, Newton’s laws, simple machines, 3D printing, project, design process

    Project testing, coding, 3D printing, robotics, resume development and interviews

    Jr. Level Eng.(III)

    Safety, orientation, Engineering design, electronics symbols, schematic reading, terms, formulas, physics, coding, Arduino, design logs, eng design process, 3D printing, CAD

    Circuits – DC electricity, series cir., parallel cir., combined ser. and parallel, electronics laws, terms, pneumatics, coding, Arduino, design logs, eng design process, 3D printing, CAD

    Circuits – projects, Arduino, coding, circuit design (possible board production) and testing, pneumatics, hydraulic theory, design logs, eng design process, 3D printing, CAD

    Circuit project(s), themed presentations,

    EOY review

    Applied Engineering

    Safety, orientation, electrical systems, fluid power systems, Sr. project(Capstone)

    electrical systems, fluid power systems, thermal systems, Sr. project(Capstone)

    electrical systems, fluid power systems, Sr. project(Capstone)

    Presentation of Capstone, resume skills, interview skills, college prep., review of year’s material


    Engineering class supplies:


    • Metric and Imperial ruler (can be on the same ruler)
    • Caliper from Harbor freight or other place.  Cheap is fine.
    • Engineering notebook (source to be announced)
    • pencils, pens
    • Drawing paper or book
    • Thick bag or small plastic box to hold the calipers, pencils, or small tools.  (like a small pencil holder box)
    • Earbuds
    • Safety glasses to be brought to school at designated dates
    • Other tools may be needed at various stages of the year

    Engineering Design/ IED

    • Calipers
    • Pencils, pens
    • Engineering notebook (source to be announced)
    • Drawing paper (if needed)
    • Arduino (model to be determined) source (Amazon)
    • Electronics kit (this is optional and for additional individual supplies to work at home)
    • Safety glasses to be brought to school at designated dates
    • Earbuds

    Systems in Engineering

    • Engineering notebook (source to be determined)
    • Pens Pencils
    • Drawing supplies if needed 
    • Arduino (model to be determined) Source (amazon)
    • Safety glasses
    • Electronics extra supplies (optional - but will help greatly with independent work at home) (source TBD)
    • Calipers and other small tools if needed
    • Graph paper bound notebook (needed when we start circuits)
    • Earbuds

    Applied Engineering:

    • Paper/pen
    • Periodic supplies for small projects
    • Earbuds
    • Other supplies will be needed throughout the year at various stages to be announced



    About the instructor:

    My name is Bill Richardson, and I am the teacher/instructor for the Ridgeland High School Introduction to Engineering Academy.  The Academy focuses on engineering, UAV systems, and  robotics throughout its successive years.  

    My credentials:

    AA - Electronics Technology

    B.S. History

    M.Ed. - History

    Ed. Spec. - K-12 administration

    PLTW – IED and DE certified

    National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education

    Star Teacher 2014 - 2015 

    FCC Radio Licensed since 1991

    Robotics teams coach/mentor - TSA State Robotics Champions (team 7536) 2014 - 2015 

    Microsoft Certified Professional

    IC3 certified