•  9-12th Grade Curriculum
    PLTW 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 Year

    Primary Resources: PLTW online curriculum

    Units of Study: 
    Unit 1: Overview of Civil Engineering & Architecture
    Unit 2: Residential Design
    Unit 3: Commercial Applications
    Unit 4: Commercial Building Systems
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Lesson activities, Lesson Drawings, PLTW Course Assessment
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description 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 & Technology
    Grade Level: 9-12 
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 days per week  Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: PTLW IED Curriculum
    Units of Study: 10
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Unit tests and quizzes. Mid-Term and Final Exam/Projects
    Standardized Assessments: Project Lead The Way End of Course Assessment
    Description 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 the 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.

    Course Title: PLTW: Principles of Engineering (POE)  Department: Engineering & Technology

    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 the 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.