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    Engineering Pathway


    Project Lead the Way's Engineering curriculum empowers students to step into the varied roles engineers play in our society, discover new career paths and possibilities, and develop engineering knowledge and skills.  The program's courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers.  In addition, students work in teams to design and test solutions.


    Program Sequence

     Program Sequence


     4-Year Planning Chart

     Planning Chart


    Grade 9 Planning Chart Examples  

    Engineering with Music, World Language, and HS Intermediate Algebra  

    Engineering with Music, World Language, and HS Geometry
    Students would take Physical Education I in grade 10 or 11.    

    Engineering with Music, World Language, and AVID
    Students would take Physical Education I in grade 10 or 11.   


    Engineering Courses

    PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
    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 3-D printer, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. 

    PLTW Engineering Design and Development (Capstone)
    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.  Students apply the professional skills they have develop to document a design process to standards.  Completing the Engineering Design and Development course provides the confidence students are ready to take on any post-secondary program or career!

    Computer Skills for Biomed and Engineering (taken in 9th grade)
    Students will strengthen their word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, and presentation skills while learning Microsoft Office.  Students will also be exposed to computer programming.  This course is hands-on and self-directed.  Skills learned in this course will be utilized throughout the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering program and beyond.

    Honors Physics (taken in 10th grade)
    Through this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of concepts related to mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, waves [sound and light], electricity, and magnetism.  Students will work in lab groups and complete research investigations.  

    Honors English 10 Biomed and Engineering (taken in 10th grade)
    Honors English with a Biomed and Engineering twist!  Students will study rhetorical analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literature and informational texts, and fiction and nonfiction.  Throughout the course, students will also work on their public speaking skills, as well as practice technical writing.  This course will build a connection between rhetoric and medicine and engineering, including medical and engineering text options and technical writing.


    PLTW Elective Options

    PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture
    Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development.  They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software.  

    PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing.  This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing.  At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. 

    PLTW Digital Electronics
    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.

    PLTW Principles of Engineering
    Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.  




    If you have questions, please contact The Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program Coordinator, Lana Rice  Email: Lana.Rice@ahschools.us  |  Phone: (763) 506-7359