The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. Students complete foundation-level courses in Engineering, including Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Digital Electronics. Students then select an area of specialization, including Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering or Biotechnical Engineering. In the final course, students also complete an industry-mentored capstone project in Engineering Design and Development.
The major focus of the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is a long-term project that involves the development of a local property site. Teachers and students develop property as a simulation to model the real-world experiences that civil engineers and architects experience when developing property. Students work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of Civil Engineering Architecture. Students use Rivet, which is a state of the art 3D design software package from AutoDesk, to help them design solutions to solve their major course project. Students learn about documenting their projects, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Prerequisites and other notes: IED (80872), POE (80871), DE (80874). Recommended for Grades 11 and 12. Completer course for this major.
This course introduces students to applied digital logic, a key element of careers in engineering and engineering technology. This course explores the smart circuits found in watches, calculators, video games and computers. Students use industry standard computer software in testing and analyzing digital circuitry. They design circuits to solve problems, export their designs to a printed circuit auto-routing program that generates printed circuit boards, and use appropriate components to build their designs. Students use mathematics and science in solving real-world engineering problems. This course covers several topics, including: analog and digital fundamentals; number systems and binary addition; logic gates and functions; Boolean algebra and circuit design; and decoders, multiplexers and Demultiplexers. Prerequisites and other notes: IED (80872), POE (80871). Grade 10 and 11. Concentrator course for this major.
The EDD course is the capstone course for Project Lead the Way. This course should be taken in the 12th grade, because it applies the knowledge and skills from the PLTW Foundation courses in solving and identifying technical problems. The course of study includes: Problem Identification and Justification; Research: Design Process; Innovation vs. Invention; Building and Testing a Prototype; Engineering Drawing Standards; CAD Solid Modeling; Tool Safety and Jury Presentation. Prerequisites and other notes: Completion of all PLTW Foundation courses. IED (80872), POE (80871), DE (80874), and CEA (80873).
This course introduces students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Students in this course will apply scientific and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend systems in different environments. Students are expected to: Research and apply the history of flight and identify the major components of airplanes; demonstrate the principles of aerodynamics; explain fundamental theories of flight systems; apply Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, the ideas associated with the design of rocket engines and how the creation of an action results in thrust that enables rockets to move; investigate space life sciences; design and videotape experiments that create a positive g-force; design composite (layered) plastic test samples using engineering composite materials; design and implement laboratory testing to measure the stiffness of composite materials and designs; and research types of intelligent vehicles and learn basic aspects of designing, building, and programming an intelligent vehicle. Prerequisites and other notes: IED (80872), POE (80871), DE (80874). Recommended for Grades 11 and 12. Completer course for this major