Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a sequential engineering program that can potentially lead to 15 college credits transferable to many 4-year colleges and universities, along with numerous two-year institutions.

This program consists of an eight-semester program sequence covering the foundations of engineering with hands-on practical applications of real engineering concepts.

Its mission is to assure the success of an increasing and more diverse group of students in engineering and the engineering technology field of study - fields experiencing critical shortages.

The High School Program is an eight semester sequence of courses over three years, which combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering a post-secondary institution. Students may take one or all of the proposed courses during their high school career.

Interested students should notify their Guidance Counselor.


06881/06882 PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Grades 9-12; 1.0 credit

Introduction to Engineering Design encourages students to be creative and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills to specific design problems, using powerful computer hardware and software (Inventor) to develop 3-D models or solid renderings. Using a CAD (computer aided design) system, students explore the design process through creating, analyzing, rendering, and producing models.

06941/06942 PLTW - Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Grades 10-12; 1.0 credit; Prerequisite: 06881/06882

Through hands-on engineering projects, developed with NASA, students learn about aerodynamics, astronautics, space-life sciences, and systems engineering. This course includes the study of intelligent vehicles like the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

06891/06892 PLTW Computerized Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Grades 10-12; 1.0 credit; Prerequisite: 06881/06882

Computerized Integrated Manufacturing builds on the solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design of prototyping, robotics, and automation. Students will solve problems by using computer controlled rapid prototyping and CNC equipment to construct models of their 3-D models. They will also explore the fundamentals of robotics, learning how this technology functions in an automated manufacturing environment. Finally, students will learn how to evaluate their design solutions before producing their prototypes.

06901/06902 PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

Grades 10-12; 1.0 credit; Prerequisite: 06881/06882

The course provides an overview of civil engineering and architecture, emphasizing how they are related and interdependent. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hand-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as the roles of civil engineers and architects, project planning, site planning, and building design, project documentation and presentation.

06911/06912 PLTW Digital Electronics (DE)

Grades 10-12; 1.0 credit; Prerequisite: 06881/06882

Digital Electronics is a course in applied logic. Students will explore the digital circuits found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices. They will investigate digital logic and how digital devices can control automated equipment and use industry standard, as well as electronic design software to build circuits and to export designs.

06921/06922 Principles of Engineering (POE) - PLTW

Grades 11-12; 1.0 credit; Prerequisite: 06892 or 06902 or 06912 or 06942

Principles of Engineering is designed to help students understand career possibilities in engineering and engineering technology. Exploring engineering systems and manufacturing processes, students will continue to develop the problem solving skills used on the college level and in the work place. In addition, students will learn how engineers address concerns about the social and political consequences created by technological change.