Project Lead The Way (Engineering Design Pathway)
Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
This College preparatory one-year course, the first in a series of four courses, is intended to give students an introduction to the career of engineering. Using 3D computer modeling software and 3D printing technologies, students learn the design process and solve design problems. Students then use skills to develop, analyze, and create technical drawings and then 3D print product models. Engineering careers and educational preparation will be researched. This course is the first and a prerequisite in a sequence of four engineering courses that include Principals of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture and Engineering Design and Development. This course will meet requirements for Visual and Performing Arts credit for graduation, as well as admission requirements for California State Universities.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
This College preparatory one-year course, the second in a series of four courses, provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by tackling real-world engineering problems. Through theory and practical hands-on experiences, students address the emerging social and political consequences of technological change. The course of study includes an overview and perspective of the fields of Engineering, the PLTW Design Process, Engineering Systems, Machine Control, Statics, Materials and Materials Testing, and Dynamics. A successful completion of Introduction to Engineering and Design with a grade C or better, or the approval of the instructor are pre-requisites for this course.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
This College preparatory one-year course, the third in a series of four courses, is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. This course includes an introduction to many of the varied factors involved in building design and construction including building components and systems, engineering standards, technical documentation, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry. Civil Engineering and Architecture is one of four specialization courses in the Project Lead The Way® high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. A successful completion of Introduction to Engineering and Design and Principles of Engineering with a grade C or better, or the approval of the instructor are pre-requisites for this course.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
This College preparatory one-year course is the capstone in a series of four courses. The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process. A successful completion of Introduction to Engineering and Design, Principles of Engineering, and Civil Engineering and Architecture with a grade C or better, or the approval of the instructor are pre-requisites for this course.