About the DPEA

The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) is a four-year program based at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California. It applies project-based learning to teach students critical analytical, design, and problem-solving skills.

The DPEA uses project-based learning to facilitate learning and assess student competence. This instructional method provides students with complex tasks based on challenging questions or problems that involve the students' problem solving, decision making, investigative skills, and reflection. As a result, students develop valuable research and design skills. Project-based learning promotes new learning habits, emphasizing creative thinking skills by allowing students to find that there are many ways to solve a problem.

During their first three years of study, DPEA students take an integrated project-based curriculum that collectively covers in an interdisciplinary fashion the content contained in a 1) standard laboratory science physics course, 2) a standard visual and performing arts sculpture course and 3) an engineering elective course. These courses are taught by a team of teachers who are credentialed in physics, visual and performing arts, and engineering technology.

This short video gives an overview of the DPEA teaching philosophy. A video documentary produced by Lynda.com also shows how project-based learning works at the DPEA.

Mission Statement
To provide a project-based education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to high school students in a way that is:

  • Relevant. The exciting, hands-on projects provide a real world problem solving experience,
  • Business Oriented.
    The program teaches skills needed for success in established business and entrepreneurial ventures,
  • Team Based. The students work in teams on projects and in the community,
  • Engaging. The learning environment is accessible and exciting

So that graduates are well prepared to achieve their goals of pursuing higher education and contributing to the workplace and society.