Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
NOTE: The foundation course from the Pathway to Engineering program is titled IED (Introduction to Engineering Design). This course is offered by invitation only to 9th graders who meet acceptance criteria.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences. The curriculum is standards-based, aligned with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
PLTW's comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students.
The Pathway to Engineering (PTE) program is intended for grades nine through twelve. PTE explores the design process and links STEM principles to relevant problem-solving activities. Courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses. PTE is designed to prepare students to pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields.
Introduction to Engineering Design
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.
Aerospace Engineering HON
(Year 2 Lenape only)
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.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing HON
(Year 2 Lenape only)
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.
Civil Engineering and Architect HON
(Year 2 Cherokee only)
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 3-D architectural design software.
Environmental Sustainability HON
(Year 2 Seneca and Shawnee only)
In ES, students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges.
Principles of Engineering HON
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.
Engineering Design and Development HON
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.