Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Course Information
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
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
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)