Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way Course Information
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national Engineering pathway program. The PLTW Engineering program is a sequence of courses which include hands-on, real world problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout the four-year pathway, students learn and apply the design process and acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency. 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.
Students must start the pathway program from the 9th grade and new students are not accepted in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. Accepted students are expected to participate throughout the four years of high school. Students will need to select from one of the COURSE ADJUSTMENT OPTIONS in order to meet graduation and A-G requirements. Interested students need to submit an application via google form by Friday, March 1, 2019.
Click here for application: https://goo.gl/forms/ZN3vYDl00yCHVPk02
Qualified students are selected by lottery into this pathway program and 35 students will be selected participate.
The courses in the program will not count toward Science graduation requirements. The courses will count toward elective requirements, including the “G” elective requirement for the University of California and California State University systems.
- Access to a computer outside of class time
o 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
o 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
COURSE OF STUDY:
9th grade - 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, Autodesk Inventor. It is highly recommended that students have completed algebra and enroll in geometry or higher level math.
10th grade - 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 using Robot C software. There is an additional focus on professional careers in which students will have an opportunity to interact with an engineering professional. It is highly recommended that students have completed geometry and enroll in algebra II or higher level math.
11th grade - Year 3: Digital Electronics
Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic as electrical engineers do in industry using Circuit Design software and Multism. It is highly recommended that students have completed algebra II and enroll in pre-calculus or higher level math.
12th grades - 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. The course is project based with many long term multi facet projects. Students participate in the JPL invention challenge and other engineering contests. It is highly recommended that students have completed pre-calculus and enroll in calculus or higher level math.
COURSE ADJUSTMENT OPTIONS
Students who are accepted in to the PLTW program will have the following scheduling options to accommodate the Engineering course:
- Drop the elective indicated on the 9th grade Course Request Form
- Take an AM course in the 9th grade
- Plan to take Biology as a Get Ahead class before going into 9th grade.