Independence Electronics Academy
is a member of Project Lead The Way.
PLTW is a national program promoting careers in the
growing and high paying fields of Engineering and
Design. The Electronics Academy offers course pre-
engineering and design that are approved by the
University of California. PLTW Courses offered by the Academy include: Print large formats in color
Introduction to Design (ID) satisfies a UC “f” visual art
requirement. Learn to draw in three dimensions on the computer using
an industry standard CAD (Computer Aided Design) program, Autodesk
Inventor. Students will also have access to other design tool such as a
laser engraver and a vinyl cutter which can be used for making stickers, a
large format printer, and 3D Milling machine.
Digital Electronics (DE) satisfies a UC “g” general elective
credit. In the Digital Electronics course students learn to simulate circuits
on the computer, build circuits and soldering (melting metal to make Soldering a printed circuit board
electrical connections) by building electronic kits. Students will apply
principals of mathematics and science to designing of digital circuits. The
course includes Ohm’s Law formulas, and the theory used in computers.
Students in this course can also participate in robotics and computer
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) satisfies a UC
“g” general elective requirement. This is an engineering research
course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct
a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply
principles developed preceding courses and are guided by a community
mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report
and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the
Drawing in 3D with Inventor
Ten Advantages For Joining The Electronics Academy:
1. Become part of an extended family by making new friends in classes with other Academy students.
2. Skip taking an academic support (or shadow) classes in Math or English as a long you are in the Academy. Students with
low grades must attend tutoring to remain in the Academy.
3. Academic support in the Academy with computer lab with Internet access and printer.
4. Skip PE (Physical Education) in the sophomore year (10th grade) and take it in the junior year (11th grade) or senior year
(12th grade) by taking an Academy class such as the Introduction to Design course.
5. Participate in Job Shadow Days, Career Fairs, and special programs such as High Tech University (3 day workshop),
Junior Achievement, VEX Robotics Competition, and STRUT Ohlone College computer competition.
6. Educational Tours of local colleges and community colleges, and technical schools such as: San Jose State University,
DeVry University, and union apprenticeship training programs.
7. Summer paid internships for qualified juniors.
8. .Learn leadership, teamwork, interviewing, resume writing, oral presentations, and professional dress, to prepare for the
jobs of the future.
9. Industry sponsored mentoring program provides guidance
10. Learn entrepreneurship by creating your own vinyl stickers, T-shirt transfers, laser engraving or poster printing services.
A detailed Aztec calendar created by
a laser engraver, dime show for size.
A vinyl cutter used to make stickers.
A VEX competition Robot
To apply to the Academy get an application from:
Academy coordinator Mr. Jack Aiello in M-38 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 408-928-9856 or
Counselor Ms. Yvonne Montes in the B-villa office email Montesy@esuhsd.org Phone: 928-9680 or
Head counselor Ms. Leota Kuzma in the D-villa office email email@example.com Phone: (408)928-9567.