Course Title: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) Department: Engineering & Technology
Grade Level: 11-12 Time Per Day/Week 42 mins/day. (1 period) Length of Course: School YearPrimary Resources: PLTW online curriculum
Units of Study: Overview of Civil Engineering & Architecture, Residential Design, Commercial Applications, Commercial Building SystemsCurriculum Based Assessments: Lesson activities, Lesson Drawings, PLTW Course AssessmentStandardized Assessments: N/ADescription of Course: Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. This course is designed for 11th or 12th-grade students.Course Name: PTLW: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Department: Engineering & TechnologyGrade Level: 9-12 Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 days per week Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: PTLW IED CurriculumUnits of Study: 10Curriculum-Based Assessments: Unit tests and quizzes. Mid-Term and Final Exam/ProjectsStandardized Assessments: Project Lead The Way End of Course AssessmentDescription of Course: Introduction to Engineering Design is an introductory course, which develops student problem-solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. Students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern, state of the art computer hardware and software called Inventor. This modern computer-based process replaces the traditional hand drawing methods. The course will emphasize the design development process of a product and how a model of that product is produced, analyzed and evaluated using a Computer Aided Design System. Various design applications will be explored with the discussion of possible career opportunities.
Grade Level: 10-12 Time Per Day/Week 42 minutes day / 5 days per week Length of Course: School Year
Primary Resources: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum for schools. PLTW’s hands-on, Activities-, Project-, Problem-Based (APPB) comprehensive curriculum is aligned with relevant national standards and is collaboratively developed and updated by subject matter experts including teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators. PLTW’s programs emphasize critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem-solving. The hands-on learning engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they may not otherwise pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to post-secondary training and career success in STEM-related fields. Students who are enrolled in Project Lead the Way courses have the opportunity to receive three undergraduate credits through Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). To qualify, students must earn a score of 6 or higher on the end-of-year exam (6 equals a C; 7 equals a B; 8 and 9 equal an A), and have a class average of 85% or higher. The cost for the course is $225. Students who wish to earn RIT credits may do so by completing the current registration form and sending it directly to RIT. More information and the required form can be found via this hyperlink.
Units of Study: Unit 1: Energy and Power, Unit 2: Materials & Structures, Unit 3: Control Systems, Unit 4: Statistics and Kinematics
Curriculum Based Assessments: Project Based Assessment, Unit tests and quizzes. Mid-Term and Final Exam/Projects. PLTW Course Assessment, Final
Standardized Assessments: N/A
Description of Course: Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, 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, 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.