PLTW Engineering Academy Program


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 the completion of select PLTW courses.

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

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.

Principles of Engineering (POE)

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.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

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.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

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 extruders to create filament for a 3d printer.


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