Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

Successful completion of any PLTW course with a B or higher AND 70% or higher on the post-course assessment can result in college credit.

Course #Course NameGradesPrerequisiteSemester Credits
Intro To Engineering & Design A & B*9-12None2
Principles of Engineering (POE) A & B**10-12Intro to Engineering or teacher recommendation2
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) A & B10-12Intro to Engineering or teacher recommendation2

Digital Electronics (PLTW DE)10-12None2

 *Can be used to fulfill the required 2 credits in art.

**Can be used to fulfill the physics/chemistry requirement.


Intro To Engineering & Design A & B

Students will explore drawing and 3D computer design modeling of objects using Autodesk Inventor 11 software.  Students will design 2 projects of their choice and focus on the application and visualization process of a product and how a model of that product is produced using a CAD system.  This course is recommended as the first "Project Lead The Way" class in the sequence of pre-engineering courses. Capstone projects will come from options such as Supermileage Vehicle, FIRST Robotics, Tech Challenge, Solar Boat Regatta, and Battle Bots engaging students in a meaningful engineering and design process. Please note that this course can be used to fulfill the required 2 credits in art.   

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Principles of Engineering (POE) A & B

Hands on problem solving activities and experiences to learn what engineering is all about. This typically includes field trips, math application, designing and building a computer controlled robot and using engineering tools. NOTE: Students who complete Principles of Engineering A and B meet the Minnesota State physics requirement.  

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Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) A & B

Students learn about various aspects of CEA and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential, commercial properties and structures. Students will 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.  

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Digital Electronics
Digital Electronics is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals.  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.  Topics included but not limited to; Binary and Hex Number Systems, Logic Games, Circuit Design, Circuit Maker Pro, Sensors, Microprocessors, Micro-controllers, Soldering, Electronic  Component  Parts and Breadboards, Oscilloscopes and the Digital multimeter.