IMAGINE IT, DESIGN IT, FUND IT, BUILD IT
The Engineering curriculum is designed to encourage students to pursue engineering and related disciplines in college. PLTW has relationships with more than 100 colleges and universities. Of these, 36 offer credit for completion of select PLTW courses.
Students learn to see the world as an interconnected web of codependent systems. They are introduced to the process of designing, documenting, and applying basic engineering principles to the construction of simple examples like cell phone protective cases, 2 and 3d interlocking puzzles, and scale models. They learn how to use 3d printers, welders, forges, CNC plasma cutters, mills and lathes. As preparation for more extensive projects students are introduced to grant writing and invited to participate on regional, state, and national competition teams.
Introduction to Engineering Design
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including machines and mechanical advantage, the strength of structures and materials and how they fail, and automation using programmable microcontrollers. Students will work in teams to collaborate on solutions and then present them.
Principles of Engineering
Students further develop thinking skills and are prepared for emerging careers through topics such as genetic engineering, biofuels, and biomanufacturing. Our students engage in developing energy and agricultural sustainability solutions. They research, design, finance, and build projects like a biodiesel reactor capable of producing enough diesel to run our engineering bus at a cost of only fifty cents per gallon. We develop a process to convert glycerin, a biodiesel by product, into a fuel to melt aluminum into castings for use in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing program. We also build a Solar Aquaphonics system to produce fish and vegetables for needy families and our students learn how to grow freshwater pearls to make into custom jewelry.
Biological Engineering (BioE)
The ACE Mentor Program’s mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. Students use Revit to design buildings then they create a scale 3d model. Students visit engineering firms, construction companies and their job sites.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (ACE Mentoring)
Students learn about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. They learn to program and control Computer Numeric Control machinery and microcontrollers to create prototypes such as remote controlled race cars, biodiesel generators, plastic extruders, hydrogen fuel systems, TALOS suites (Iron Man), four axis CNC mills, and many other projects.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Students identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Some examples of projects students will create are: desktop 4axis CNC mills, a personal water purification system for hiking and camping, and plastic extruder to create filament for a 3d printer.