PLTW Pathway to Engineering



Pathway to Engineering/ High School Engineering Program

The PLTW Pathway to Engineering (PTE) program is a sequence of courses which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout PTE, students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. They discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products? Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel and Lockheed Martin. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics, and space life sciences. Hello, NASA. Students apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics - think robotics. They design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project. It's STEM education, and it's at the heart of today's high-tech, high-skill global economy.

PTE courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses and can serve as the foundation for the STEM-centered or specialized academics. The program is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields.

Course Offerings Include

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Discover the roles of an engineer and engineering technician in taking an idea form design to manufacturing or production. Using Inventor - 3D design software from Autodesk - work on projects, activities, and problems not only of interest to you, but that have global and human impacts. Work in teams to design and improve products, document your solutions, and communicate them to others.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Master basic concepts needed to continue your education in engineering or engineering technology - then apply them! First, understand how things move, then test the strength and durability of different materials. Explore the uses of renewable energy sources, machine systems, and fluid power, brainstorming possible new applications.  You aren't in this alone: team up with other students to test and share your developing skills and problem-solving ability through hands-on projects and presentations.          

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and developmental of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is this the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? While students discover the answers to these questions they're learning about the history of manufacturing, robotics and automation, manufacturing processes, computer modeling, manufacturing equipment, and flexible manufacturing systems.

Contact Information            
McKinny Carol, PLTW Instructor
Sullivan, Helena, PLTW Instructor