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Engineering Academy

“Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." ~ Albert Einstein
The Engineering Academy consists of a series of classes for students in K-12. The elementary program consists of engaging engineering activities for grades K-5. The middle school program Gateway to Technology is an activity-oriented program that allows students to explore math, science, and technology through Project Lead the Way’s in-depth, hands-on educational experiences. Students may be offered courses in Design and Modeling, the Magic of Electrons, the Science of Technology, Automation and Robotics, Flight and Space, and Medical Detectives.
Students in the high school’s Pathway to Engineering sequence are offered various courses intended to further interest in the field of Engineering and Technology and may include: Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. The curriculum prepares students for demanding two and four-year college Engineering programs.
The Pathway To Engineering system works in any standard four-year sequence and prepares students for two or four-year college studies in Engineering by exposing them to the true scope of the field. Students can earn course credit at accredited colleges and universities for the high school sequence. Students must meet certain qualifications to be awarded college credit.
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Introduction to Engineering Design (Engineering Year 1)
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science,
and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and
in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling
software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.
Principles of Engineering (Engineering Year 2)
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of
engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures
and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem-solving,
research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation,
collaboration, and presentation.
Digital Electronics (Engineering Year 3)
From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course
provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering,
electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and
sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry,
including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.
Engineering Design and Development (Engineering Year 4)
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come
together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and
then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a
a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to
document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and
Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.