Project Lead the Way – Engineering Essentials & Introduction to Engineering Design

Project Lead the Way High School Engineering Class PhotoPLTW Engineering Students Become Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers Today

From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

Building a Strong Foundation for College and Career

Each PLTW Engineering course engages students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.

Engineering Essentials

Explore how engineers make a difference and improve lives, while using modern engineering tools, such as geographic information systems, 3-D solid modeling software, and prototyping equipment. Work on your own and as part of a team to develop solutions to community and global challenges that the next generation of engineers will face.

The course introduces students to engineering concepts that are applicable across multiple engineering disciplines and empowers them to build technical skills through the use of a variety of engineering tools, such as geographic information systems (GIS), 3-D solid modeling software, and prototyping equipment. Students learn and apply the engineering design process to develop mechanical, electronic, process, and logistical solutions to relevant problems across a variety of industry sectors, including health care, public service, and product development and manufacturing.

Introduction to Engineering Design

Engineers make a world of difference!  In Introduction to Engineering Design, students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. Are you ready to design the future?

Principles of Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and motion. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. What type of engineer or engineering technologist would you like to be?

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Leigh Anne Brewster Email: labrewster@pky.ufl.edu Phone: 352.392.1554 ext. 245