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Engineering Academy

Do you possess a strong analytical aptitude? Are you mathematically inclined? Would you like to make a difference in the world?

The Engineering: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Academy program is a national program in which students are introduced to the scope, rigor and disciplines of engineering through specialized coursework combined with traditional mathematics and science courses. The academy focuses on principles of engineering, digital electronics, computer-integrated manufacturing and a capstone course in which students design and build solutions to authentic engineering problems. Students will learn the many aspects of engineering.

Electives

Students seeking postsecondary education are advised to take at least two years of World Language. Students seeking degrees in Engineering are also advised to enroll in Physics and Chemistry

Prerequisites

Engineering Academy students must enter the program in the ninth grade. Ninth grade students should take Introduction to Engineering Design and must be concurrently enrolled in Algebra I as a minimum level mathematics course.

Certifications

There are no formal certification tests given, however, students who have taken high school engineering courses and/or received transcripted college credit have demonstrated their commitment to a rigorous, challenging program. They are prime candidates for a college or university engineering program. Students are encouraged to interview with the head of college programs to discuss what they have learned in high school and what college courses would be appropriate

College Credit

In this program, students may be eligible for articulated credit with many four-year colleges and universities. See the PLTW website for current articulation agreements. (http://www.pltw.org/)

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Maintain a C average in mathematics.

In the senior year PLTW Engineering Design and Development course, students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a mentoring engineer. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the Engineering Academy
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required World Language PLTW Engineering Design G/T 681M (Technology Education Graduation Credit)
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required World Language Fine Arts available PLTW Principles of Engineering G/T 68001
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available PLTW Digital Electronics G/T 68601 PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing G/T 68501
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Science Elective available Elective available Elective available Elective available PLTW Engineering Design and Development G/T 68701