Project Lead the Way

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    Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Course Information

    Project Lead the Way Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a rigorous engineering pathway for high school students.  All courses require an interest in creating and designing solutions to problems, strong math and critical thinking skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively in groups.

    Year 1: Introduction to Engineering Design
    Students learn about the engineering design process, practice sketching and dimensioning techniques, participate in engineering design challenges, and create 3D imaging files using computer software. (9th and 10th grade)

    Year 2 and Year 3: Students choose one of the two engineering pathways listed below.  

    Pathway 1 Engineering Design
    Aerospace Engineering
    Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.  (10th, 11th, 12th priority to 10th) (CTE) 7730 concentrator

    Digital Electronics
    Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry. (10th 11th 12th priority to 11th) (CTE) 7731 capstone

    Pathway 2 Information and Communication Technology: Computer Science
    Python Computer Science Principles
    Students are introduced to programming  through Python, the Internet, cybersecurity, and simulations.  This course prepares students for the AP Computer Science Principles exam.  (10th, 11th, 12th priority to 10th) (CTE) 8131 concentrator

    Java Computer Science A
    Students learn programming in Java, including classes, arrays, and recursion.  This course prepares students for the AP Computer Science A exam.  (10th 11th 12th priority to 11) (CTE) 8132 capstone

    Year 4:  PLTW Engineering Academy: The academy is a double block (two periods) project-based course with an integrated English 12 P class.

    Engineering Design and Development 
    During the first semester, students will compete in the JPL Invention Challenge. During the second semester, students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.   *Students need to have completed one of the PLTW pathways  prior to enrolling in this class. (12th)