Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an Engineering Program of Study (POS). PLTW is a proprietary curriculum package available to approved districts and is a national model for STEM instruction focusing on activity, project, and problem-based learning. This Engineering POS is designed for students interested in the various disciplines of engineering, engineering technology, and manufacturing. Course content provides students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and understanding of engineering concepts. Students then apply these skills in conjunction with the multi-step engineering design process to solve real-world problems. Upon completion of the POS, student will be prepared to pursue engineering or mechatronic studies at post-secondary institutions.
Introduction to Engineering Design (60541), Honors
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.
Principles of Engineering (60521), Honors
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
Civil Engineering & Architecture (60561), Honors
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software.
Digital Electronics (60531), Honors
From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.
Robotics & Automated Systems (6143)
Robotics & Automated Systems is an applied course for students who wish to explore how robots and automated systems are used in industry. Building on the content and critical thinking frameworks of Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics, this course asks students to follow the engineering design process and apply basic programming skills to complete assignments and projects. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will have an understanding of the historical and current uses of robots and automated systems; programmable circuits, interfacing both inputs and outputs; ethical standards for engineering and technology professions; and testing and maintenance of robots and automated systems.
Engineering Design & Development (60591), Honors
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an integral curriculum component of each Career and Technical Education Program of Study (POS). CTSOs provide students the chance to see and experience what it takes to succeed, not just in terms of academic knowledge, but in terms of leadership, communications, and other "soft" skills that are the foundation of future success. Students who participate in CTSOs can experience the relationship between classroom and the business world; build business and community contacts who may become role models, mentors, and employers; lead, coordinate, and participate in school and community projects; and apply skills gained in a CTSO to their personal lives.
In the Engineering - Project Lead The Way POS, the CTSO is SkillsUSA which is a national partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA complements technical skills training with building employability skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, communication, and leadership.