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  Project Lead The Way
High School Engineering & Computer Science 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.)

Engineering Pathway

Engineering Foundation Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.

Principles of Engineering
Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.

Engineering Specialization Courses

Aerospace Engineering
Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.

Civil Engineering and Architecture
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, and then they apply what they know to design a commercial building.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Students discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation, and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.

Computer Science Principles (Also a Computer Science Pathway Course)
Using Python® as a primary tool, students develop computational-thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients.

Digital Electronics
Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

Environmental Sustainability
Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply, and renewable energy.

Engineering Capstone Course

Engineering Design and Development
Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.

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

Computer Science Pathway

Computer Science Essentials
Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A.

Computer Science Principles (Also an Engineering Pathway Course)
Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.

Computer Science A
Students collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their own choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases, as well as creating a game for their friends or an app to serve a real need in the their community. This course is aligned to the AP CSA framework.

Students explore the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Available Fall 2018.

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