Mr. Poe's Engineering Class

  • Welcome to Engineer Your World! In this class, students work on seven projects including building a pinhole camera, creating an earthquake-proof building, and fabricating an aerial imaging device. Along the way, students study various kinds of engineering, learn how to solve problems, and build products with their own two hands. It can be challenging, but students find this class to be rewarding and analogous to real-world engineering firms. Students often tell me this is their favorite class because the lessons are enjoyable, there aren't any tests, and they get to be with their friends. 

    You might be thinking, "How will the students complete these projects if they're working at home?" I've been working with my team to modify these projects to work at home. For the circuits unit, I've made take-home packages of circuit parts and I'm creating how-to videos for the students. For the pinhole camera, I've modified the cameras so they don't require real film. And for our programming unit, our district has purchased licenses for a video game called CodeCombat. This class will be provide just as much value as it always has, and I'm excited to teach it.

    For daily instructional materials, we'll use Canvas. I plan on grading through 1-on-1 conferencing and by grading online engineering notebooks. For more logistical information, click on the syllabus in the tabs on the left. Additionally, I'll push out updates for this class through Remind and Gradebook. Use the tabs on the left to familiarize yourself with those platforms. For two-way communication, email me at and I'll respond within one business day.

Here's four of our projects!