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  Project Lead The Way
High School Engineering Courses

Project Lead the Way offers a sequence of high school courses that follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.

The high school program is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. (All specialization courses are not offered at all PLTW schools.)

Foundation Courses:
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
    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 (POE)
    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.

Specialization Courses:
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE )
    This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles..
  • New! Biological Engineering
    Beginning in the 2015-16 school year with Core Training in Summer 2015.
    The growing market for jobs in biological engineering is playing a central role in energy and agricultural sustainability solutions. The BioE course develops students’ thinking skills and prepares them for emerging careers through topics such as genetic engineering, biofuels, and biomanufacturing.

    *BioE will replace Biotechnical Engineering (BE), which PLTW will continue to offer until the end of the 2016-17 school year. BE End of Course Assessments will no longer be available after spring 2015.

  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CE)
    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.
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
    Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.
  • New! Computer Science Principles

    Open doors in any career with computer science! In CSP, students create apps for mobile devices, automate tasks in a variety of languages, and find patterns in data. Students collaborate to create and present solutions that can improve people’s lives, and weigh the ethical and societal issues of how computing and connectivity are changing the world.

    *CSP is also the first course in PLTW's Computer Science program. Students will be able to count CSP as both the third course of PLTW Engineering and the first or second course of PLTW Computer Science if they decide to pursue and complete two programs of study. Click here for more about our Computer Science program.
  • Digital Electronics (DE)
    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.

Capstone Course:
  • Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
    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.

Course descriptions are from PLTW website. For additional information, visit the PLTW website.