Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders—the students of today—must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world. STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities, projects, and problem-based learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum for engineering science has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem-solving skills in students. The PLTW curriculum is founded in the fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), but at the same time integrates national academic and technical learning standards and STEM principles, creating what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls one of the “great models of the new CTE succeeding all across the country.” PLTW was recently cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a “model for 21st-century career and technical education.”College Credit: Available college credit awarded upon meeting articulation requirementsCertifications: Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Microsoft Office Specialist Excel, Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Specialist OutlookStudent Organization/Competitions: SkillsUSA
9th Grade: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
The major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
10th Grade: Principles of Engineering (POE)
This survey course exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, Control Systems, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.
11th Grade: Digital Electronics (DE)
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.
12th Grade: Aerospace Design
Aerospace Design explores the evolution of flight, navigation, and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals.
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Normandy High SchoolFrank CasalinovaBick FielderJohn SilvaParma Senior High SchoolNathan NewmanDave Planty
Valley Forge High SchoolJesse BachMichael McKenna: