High School Science: Applied Engineering

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Applied Engineering: Studies of God’s Design in Nature

Applied Engineering: Studies of God’s Design in Nature Parent Lesson Planner along with the books Made in HeavenChampions of Invention (Champions of Discovery), and Discovery of Design make up the Applied Engineering: Studies of God’s Design in Nature course from Master Books. Our ninth grader is in the middle of this course, and we are loving every page. A builder and creator by nature, my son needed a science course that tapped into his interest in engineering, and Applied Engineering has really fit the bill.

This one-year, one-credit course is ideal for students in grades seven through nine, and it makes a good supplementary (or extra) science course to fill an elective spot. Our son is currently taking Biology as well as this course, and we find that Applied Engineering accompanies it nicely, with many of the concepts from Biology carrying over. Because of the likelihood that our son will explore a career in the engineering field, we’re tapping into his enthusiasm and including as much science as possible in his high school coursework.


The Applied Engineering course provides the parent teacher with everything scheduled out for you in the Parent Lesson Planner. The year-long schedule pages break down the books and page numbers into daily assignments, and  worksheets, illustrated experiments, quizzes, tests, and answers are all included in one three-hole punched book with perforated pages. The publisher grants permission for reproducible pages to be copied for more than one student, making this a budget-friendly option for homeschool families.

Unique texts are used in this course, and they all present science from a biblical perspective. Discovery of Design: Searching Out the Creator’s Secrets features examples of how human inventions and discoveries all link to designs found in nature, such as insects and robotics, and an Osage orange and barbed wire. This book also includes chapter discussion questions and answers, and a glossary and detailed index.

Made in Heaven: Man’s Indiscriminate Stealing of God’s Amazing Design also demonstrates how engineers and inventors “steal” from nature’s design to create everything from Kevlar to Velcro. This book features full-color photographs throughout and clear explanations of concepts, with plenty of diagrams and captions to increase understanding and appeal to different learning styles.

Finally, Champions of Invention highlights some of the world’s most important thinkers through short biographical sketches of their impact on the world. The chapters are each from six to eight pages long, so even reluctant readers aren’t overwhelmed with the assignments, and photographs are included in many chapters.

The Applied Engineering course is proving to be one of my son’s favorites, and it has been one of the easiest curricula to teach from that I’ve used in our thirteen years of homeschooling. I love the ability to personalize learning to my son’s strengths and interests through a specialized course like this.

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Comments (6)

  1. Trena

    Looks like something that would interest my son. He’s just 10, but maybe in the next 1-2 years.

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  2. Lea Ann

    Wow! I hadn’t heard of this. Even if my students don’t take this course, I want to add the books to our home library. So interesting!

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  3. lucille

    can you please add SUGGESTED grade level to these descriptions?

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Sure thing, Lucille. For this one it’s 7th-9th.

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  4. Kelly

    Are there lots of experiments? Hoping there are plenty…

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      There are. The experiments really come in with the second book, beginning in the second semester. The first book scheduled is Discovery of Design. This lays the groundwork for what they will be doing in the second semester. Then, there are detailed experiments for the bulk of the Made in Heaven book. They also read Champions of Invention as they are working through Made in Heaven, and can do a research paper at the end of that assigned reading. This is a wonderful science program, even though it looks very different from some of the popular homeschool science curriculum. My son absolutely loved it. We added our own hands-on lab experiences during the first semester with nature study activities.

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