PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
PLTW Principles of Engineering
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Prerequisite: PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design.
PLTW - Aerospace Engineering (AE)
This course is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering sequence. This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles. Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Engineering.
PLTW - Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
This course is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering sequence. 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. Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Engineering.
PLTW - Digital Electronics (DE)
This course is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW
Engineering sequence. This course covers digital electronics,
starting with logic levels, truth tables, gates, flip-flops, regis-
ters, and counters. An emphasis is placed on the implementa-
tion of interfaces between analog and digital electronics, par-
ticularly when controlling and recording the results of typical
engineering experiments. Students will make extensive use of
the LabVIEW, Multi-Sim and other engineering software as a
means of communication between a computer and external
hardware. An independent project of the student’s design will
serve as a semester culminating activity. Digital Electronics is a
foundation course for those considering careers in computer
science, electric engineering, software engineering, hardware
engineering, as well as other fields of engineering
PLTW - Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and technology.
Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based teaching and learning pedagogy, students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build and test their solution. Finally, student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with a community mentor and experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.