• PLTW Courses Offered

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)     1 credit
    Using sketching and 3-D computer modeling software, students learn the design process, and they solve design problems as they develop, analyze, and create product models.  IED combines both math and science theory and applies them in the design process.  This course fulfills the NYS Fine Arts and DDP requirement.  For students considering the pre-engineering Project Lead the Way Certification, this is the first in a sequence of five required classes.  It is also the required foundation course for nearly all other Project Lead the Way courses.
    Recommended Grade Level: 9
    Prerequisite: None
    Final Assessment: PLTW exam

    Computer Science Principles (CSP)                      1 credit
    This course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet.  Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation.
    Recommended Grade Level: 11 or 12
    Prerequisite: None
    Final Assessment: PLTW exam

    Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)           1 credit
    Civil Engineering and Architecture introduces students to the construction and design of residential and commercial buildings.  By utilizing the latest architectural modeling software (Autodesk Revit) and physical models, students can explore architectural styles and apply this knowledge when creating their own building designs.  The course includes a tour of the many elements involved in building design and construction including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry.
    Recommended Grade Level: 10-11
    Prerequisite: IED
    Final Assessment: PLTW exam

    Digital Electronics (DE)                              1 credit
    Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.
    Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: IED
    Final Assessment: PLTW exam

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)               1 credit
    Students answer the following questions: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics, and automation. The course is built around several key concepts, including computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics and flexible manufacturing systems.
    Recommended Grade Level: 10-11
    Prerequisite: IED
    Final Assessment: PLTW exam

    Principles of Engineering (POE)                  1 credit
    This project-based course builds on the prior knowledge established in previous PLTW classes by giving students an opportunity to design, build, and apply solutions to various engineering problems.  It will introduce students to the various engineering concepts they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering program and allow them to explore the range of technical careers present today.  The course will simulate a variety of engineering challenges that will require creativity, problem solving skills, and interpersonal communication to solve.
    Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
    Prerequisite: IED, (Physics, and Algebra II strongly recommended)
    Final Assessment: PLTW exam

    Engineering Design and Development (EDD)   1 crediT
    This is a research course that requires students to formulate the solution to an open-ended engineering problem.  With skills gained in their previous courses, students create detailed documentation to support their proposed design solution, and build a testable, working prototype.  As students prepare for college and careers, they will develop a professional portfolio that includes work from their other PLTW courses.
    Recommended Grade Level: 12
    Prerequisite: IED, POE, DE, CIM or CEA
    Final Assessment: Project