What will my classes be like?
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 from 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. Students will learn to use 3D Printers and a Laser Engraver. This course includes about 70% computer work and 30% hands-on activities. Students are encouraged to pursue side projects in their spare time.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Master basic concepts needed to continue your education in engineering or engineering technology - then apply them! Students will build simple and compound machines, electric circuits, power systems, hydraulic systems, and control systems that include Vex robotics materials and RobotC software. This course includes about 60% hands-on projects and 40% computer work and engineering math applications. Students are encouraged to pursue side projects in their spare time.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
Students learn about the history of manufacturing, robotics and automation, manufacturing processes, computer modeling, manufacturing equipment, and flexible manufacturing systems. Students will continue to build systems using the Vex Robotics materials and RobotC software. Students will learn to program and operate a CNC machine.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
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 Revitt 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects.