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Engineering & STEM

PLTW is a national organization that partners with schools to implement a curriculum that emphasizes hands on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The PLTW Pathway To Engineering Program is a sequence of courses that is designed to encompass all four years of high school. Foundation courses are supplemented by a number of electives to create rigorous, relevant, reality-based courses. Activities are hands-on and project-based. Students learn how to use the same industry-leading 3D design software that is currently in industry. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. Students apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics and robotics. They design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets, and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project.

Introduction to Engineering
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering
In Principles of Engineering, students build and program a basic robot, then use it to conduct experiments demonstrating physics and mechanical properties, adding sensors and mechanisms. Principle of Engineering concludes with a capstone project featuring competitive instructional strategies.

Architectural/Civil Engineering
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software.

Engineering Capstone
Students pick a field of study and work independently to advance their knowledge in the chosen field. Online research, model building, and interviews are all examples of how students have gained knowledge. Time management and intrinsic motivation are a must for this course. Students that have taken this course have researched the patent process, sequential transmissions, pipe integrity and gamedesign/programming as well as furthered their knowledge in some of the previous courses they have taken in the engineering strand.

Competitive Robotics
Students who have taken Principles of Engineering can take an independent study in competitive robotics where they can compete in VEX and will compete in SkillsUSA.
Earn college credit!

Students can also earn dual-enrollment college credit in selected classes:


Early Childhood Education
-    Intro to Early Childhood Education
     3 credits
-    Communication in Early Childhood 
     and After School Workplace
     3 credits
-    Infant and Toddler Development
     3 credits
-    Fostering Creativity - 3 credits
Allied Health 
-    Medical Terminology - 3 credits
-    Human Biology - 3 credits
Precision Machining
-    Intro to Lathes - 2 credits
-    Intro to Milling & Grinding - 
2 credits
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