PLTW Engineering

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

IED is a project-based learning class using the curriculum from Project Lead the Way. This nationally recognized curriculum uses technology tools to solve real-life problems. This course uses AutoDesk Inventor, 3D solids modeling, sketching and other skills This class is designed for Freshman to take concurrently with Physical Science (Limit: 24). Remaining positions will be filled by Sophomores through Seniors. [Application Process for acceptance; course fee] (.5 credit/semester. Second semester enrollment is contingent upon passing first semester).

Principles of Engineering Design (POE)

POE develops student problem solving skills while applying their knowledge of research and design from IED. This course examines post-secondary engineering topics of energy, mechanisms, statics, materials, and kinematics. Skills developed will include sketching, circuitry, thermodynamics, and robotics. This class is designed for Sophomores to take concurrently with Biology (Limit: 24). Remaining positions will be filled by those Sophomores through Seniors not currently in the STEM Academy. [Application Process for acceptance; course fee] (.5 credit/semester. Second semester enrollment is contingent upon passing first semester).

Computer Science Principles (CSP)

Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment.

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

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. Students will learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software and explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.

Engineering Design & Development – Engineering Capstone (EDD)

Students will perform research to select, define, and justify a problem. After carefully defining the design requirements and creating multiple solution approaches, teams of students select an approach, create, and test their solution prototype. 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 experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process. Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the PLTW foundation courses.

Develop in-demand
knowledge and skills
for wherever life
leads you.

Employment Growth
Occupations in science,
technology, engineering,
and math are projected
to grow nearly 9%
from 2018 to 2028.

Wage Growth
The median wage in 2019
for STEM occupations
was $86,980, while
non-stem workers had
a median salary of $38,160.

Source: Bureau of Labor

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Collin Doerflinger

Collin was a student in Shoreland’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy. “It did a really good job in giving me a glimpse of what I would see here,” says the college senior. In particular, Collin recalls the aerospace unit of a STEM course in high school that challenged students to design and create an airfoil, which is essentially a segment of an airplane wing. They then tested their creations in the school’s wind tunnel. Read his story