Welcome to the Academy for Engineering and Design Technology!

AEDT was originally developed as an extension of AAST with specific concentration in the engineering sciences, including design and manufacturing technologies, computer science, architecture, electronics, and biomedical engineering. Engineering students have a concentration in these courses and less emphasis on the life sciences than do students from AAST. However, the two academies are identical in math, physics, chemistry, and the humanities.

Students are drawn to the engineering academy because they like to create, build, or reverse-engineer/hack things. Students have the opportunity to do this in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Projects include product development, civil or architectural designs, robotic competitions, and much more. Students must have a strong desire to solve problems using math, science and technology, like to work with their hands, and apply their creativity to engineering. Organizational skills, such as maintaining computer files, keeping project journals and building portfolios are needed. Great communication skills are always a plus!

AEDT focuses on general engineering disciplines and prepares students for entrance into college engineering programs. While not everyone in this academy will pursue a career in engineering or an engineering major in college, those that choose to do so will have a solid background in the field and are likely to successfully master college engineering programs. Students are also prepared to pursue careers in the technical aspects of business or law. Articulation agreements with several universities enable AEDT students to receive college credit for some of the core courses taken in this program.