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Project Lead the Way

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 2, 2018.

Project Lead the Way Course Information

Project Lead the Way is a rigorous, four-year engineering pathway for high school students. All courses require an interest in creating and designing solutions to problems, strong math and critical thinking skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively in groups.

General Recommendations:

  • Access to a computer outside of class time
    • All course materials are online, so students will need to access a computer daily either from home or at the library or computer labs after school.
  • Access to a smartphone or scanner for uploading classwork
  • Interest in working collaboratively with team members
    • Willingness to spend time during lunch or after school working in groups to complete assignments
  • Interest in applying math skills to solve real world problems

Year 1: Introduction to Engineering Design
Students learn about the engineering design process, practice sketching and dimensioning techniques, participate in engineering design challenges, and create 3D imaging files using computer software.

Software: Autodesk Inventor
Math Skills:
Algebra, Geometry

Year 2: Principles of Engineering
Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car and a material sorter. There is additional focus on professional careers in which students will have an opportunity to interact with an engineering professional.

Software: Autodesk Inventor, Robot C
Math Skills: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II

Year 3: Digital Electronics
Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

Software: Circuit Design Software (CDS): Multism
Math Skills: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II

Year 4: Engineering Design and Development
Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.


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