Program Overview:  

Programs Of Study Sheet

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a CTE instructional program that incorporates the national standards of The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Standards and the International Technology Education Association.  The program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. There are eight courses in the PLTW program.  The CTE program consists of five courses that are divided into three groups:  Foundation (POE, IED and DE); Pathway (CIM, CEA, AE or BE), and Capstone (EDD).  Students are expected to:

  1. Develop thinking skills by solving real-world engineering problems (POE);
  2. Produce, analyze, and evaluate models of project solutions using computer software (IED);
  3. Test and analyze digital circuitry using industry-standard computer software (DE);
  4. Work in teams to complete challenging, self-directed projects. Mentored by engineers, students design and build solutions to authentic engineering problems (EED); and
  5. Depending on the pathway course, students are expected to:
    • Solve design problems using three-dimensional computer software. Students assess solutions, modify designs, and use prototyping equipment to produce 3-D models (CIM);
    • Produce architectural designs using computer software and work in teams to develop project planning skills (CEA);
    • Apply scientific and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend systems in different environments (AE); or
    • Solve problems in bio-engineering and related areas such as bio-medical, bio-molecular and biotechnology using knowledge and skills in biology, physics, technology and mathematics (BE).
Enrollment in the program is limited. Students are accepted to STEM Academy programs through a competitive application process in the spring of their 8th grade school year. 


Aerospace Engineering

Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering

Aerospace engineering explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative application for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in final presentation about the futures of the industry and their professional goals. This course is designed for 11th grade students.

Civil Engineering & Architecture

Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering

This pathway course provides an overview of the fields of civil engineering and architecture while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on one another. Students will study the roles of civil engineers and architects. Students will solve design problems, plan projects, explain concepts of site planning, explore architecture, study structural engineering and produce project documentation and presentations.

Computer Intergrated Manufacturing

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering

This course teaches the fundamentals of computer manufacturing technology. The course builds on the solid-modeling for property analysis, computer numerical control equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing, robotics, and flexible manufacturing systems.

Digital Electronics

Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering

This foundation course introduces students to applied digital logic, a key element of careers in engineering and engineering technology. This course explores the smart circuits found in watches, calculators, video games, and computers. Students use industry- standard computer software in testing and analyzing digital circuitry. They design circuitry to solve problems, export their designs to a printed circuit auto-routing program that generates printed circuit boards, and uses appropriate components to build their designs. Students will cover fundamentals, number systems, gates, Boolean algebra, computational logic circuit design, adding, flip-flops, shift registers and counters, families and specifications, and microprocessors.

Engineering Design and Development

Prerequisite: Computer Integrated Manufacturing or Civil Engineering and Architecture

This capstone course enables students to apply what they have learned in academic and pre engineering courses as they complete challenging self-directed projects. Students work in teams to design and build solutions to authentic engineering problems. An engineer from the school’s partnership team mentors each student team. Students keep journals of notes, sketches, mathematical calculations and scientific research. Students teams make progress reports to their peers, mentor and instructor and exchange constructive criticism and consultation. At the end of the course, teams present their research paper and defend their projects to a panel of engineers, business leaders, and engineering college educators for professional review and feedback. This course equips student with the independent study skills they will need in post secondary education and careers in engineering and engineering technology.

Introduction to Engineering Design

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Co-requisite: Geometry

This foundation course emphasizes the development of design. Students will use computers to produce, analyze and evaluate models of project solutions. They will study the design concepts of form and function, and then use state of the art technology to translate conceptual design into reproducible products. Students will study engineering, design, sketching and visualization concepts, modeling and model analysis verification, marketing and portfolio production. This course satisfies the Maryland high school graduation requirement in Technology Education.

Principles of Engineering

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design

Co-requisite: Trigonometry

This foundation course provides an overview of engineering and technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by tackling real world engineering problems. Through theory and practical hands-on experience, students address the emerging social and political consequences of technological change. Students will be provided an overview of the perspective of engineering, design process, communication and documentation, engineering systems, statics, material and material testing, thermodynamics, engineering for quality and reliability, and dynamics.


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