Required Courses

PLTW has developed a four-year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The courses are:

Introduction to Engineering Design
An introductory course that develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. The course will emphasize the design development process of a product and how a model of that product is produced, analyzed and evaluated, using a Computer Aided Design System.
Principles of Engineering
A broad-based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students will experience through theory and hands-on problem-solving activities what a career in engineering would be like.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Builds upon the student's solid modeling design skills. Students will evaluate the solutions to design problems using mass property analysis, make appropriate modifications, and use prototyping equipment to produce three-dimensional models of the solutions. Students will be expected to communicate the process and results of their work through oral and written reports.
Engineering Design and Development
Students work in teams of two to four to design and construct the solution to an engineering problem, applying the principles developed in the preceding four courses. The problem will be recognized national challenge. Students will maintain a journal as a part of a portfolio of their work. Teams will be responsible for delivering progress reports and making final presentations of their project for an outside review panel.