Engineering

The High School Engineering Program is up to a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college.

Course Descriptions

Year 1:  Introduction to Engineering Design
Course Description: Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. The students work both to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Year 2:  Principles of Engineering
Course Description: Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.

Year 3:  Computer Science Principles
Course descriptions: Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment.

Year 4:  Engineering Design and Development
Course description:  The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development 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 Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

 

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