Engineering Design Class
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW)
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