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Mr. Sy - Engineering Design





Career Technical Education Program


PLTW offers students the chance to find out if engineering is the career for them. PLTW’s classroom instruction, generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, gives students meaningful, hands-on experience in problem-solving, teamwork, project-based learning, and the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts.


A 3-course high school program

Three challenging high school courses use project-based, hands-on experience to teach students the key elements and skills of engineering and technology-based careers by immersing them in rigorous engineering problems. The pre-engineering curriculum is taught in conjunction with college preparatory math and science courses.


Introduction to Engineering Design - Using 3-D computer modeling software, students learn the design process, and they solve design problems as they develop, analyze, and create product models.


Principles of Engineering - Students explore technology systems and engineering processes to find out how math, science, and technology help people.



Engineering Design & Development - Teams of students, guided by community mentors, work together to research, design, and construct solutions to engineering problems.


What is in PLTW for students? 

  • Opportunity to learn math, science, and technology in a hands-on, relevant way using STEM concepts.
  • Opportunity to explore engineering and other technology-based careers before college
  • Exposure to the latest computer software and equipment used by industry, colleges, and universities
  • Projects that teach how to communicate effectively and work as a team


Who should apply?

Good fit for students who have one or more of the following attributes:

  • Aptitude in mathematics or science
  • Talent in art or design
  • Interest in the way things work in science, technology, or nature
  • Interest in exploring career opportunities in engineering, technology, science, or medicine
  • Motivated by a hands-on, team-oriented, project/problem-based  environment


Arleta Reigns in 24th Annual ASCE Regional

Bridge Design Competition


On Saturday,  March 3, 2018, Arleta High school participated in the 24th Annual American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition held at California State University at Los Angeles.  This event brings together hundreds of local high school students to participate in a full day of engineering competitions to celebrate the engineering profession and highlight their achievements.  


Prior to the competition, high school teams had to to prepare technical reports, display boards,  presentations and of course their Popsicle Stick Bridges.   Volunteers from the civil engineering profession served as judges, testing the bridges, scoring technical papers, display boards and team presentations.  


Arleta High School won the overall competition and took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectfully.   In addition, Arleta won 2nd and 3rd place in the "Best Technical Report" category and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the "Bridge Efficiency" category.   15 Arleta students comprised the four competition teams.   More impressive is that this STEM engineering class is brand new to Arleta and instruction began this past January 2018.  Our students having no background knowledge in engineering had approximately 8 weeks of instruction prior to this competition and yet won this prestigious competition.  We are very proud.  


This competition is a great opportunity to emphasize the benefits of pursuing higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Bridge Competitors Advance to the International Finals in Chicago, IL


Arleta’s top-notch competitors turned in another impressive performance at the LA City Regional Bridge Building competition. Christian Sy and Antony Vaquerano placed second at Regionals with a bridge that withstood 39 kilograms (86 pounds). This second place win earned the duo a spot at the International competition in Chicago, Illinois on April 21, 2018. Arleta will compete against the country’s elite teams, in addition to schools from around the world.