Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

PLTW is a nationally certified pre-engineering Program

Students who pass Project Lead the Way (PLTW) yearlong classes are eligible for 3 college quarter credits in engineering from the University of Minnesota!

This structured yet flexible high school program offers students in-depth, hands-on knowledge of engineering and technology-based careers.

The three-tiered approach
Foundation courses:
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Principles of Electronics (POE)
and Digital Engineering (DE)
Specialization courses:
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Capstone course:
Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

Further information about this program or courses can be received from the counseling department, the Career and Technical Education department chair, or www.pltw.org.

 

CLASSES

Introduction to Engineering Design - PLTW
Open to: All students
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Algebra I or above.
Length: Year-long
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is an introductory course, which develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing 3-D models and solid model renderings of their products. Students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern, up-to-date computer hardware and software including Inventor, which is an industry standard software package. The course will cover the design development process of a product and how a model of the product is produced, analyzed and evaluated. Students will also explore and discuss career opportunities in Engineering.

Principles of Engineering - PLTW
Open to: All 10th, 11th, 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Geometry or above
Length: Year-long
Principles of Engineering (POE) is a course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social political consequences of technological change. POE‘s key concepts are communication, design process, statics, material testing, and kinematics.

Digital Electronics - PLTW
Open to: All 10th, 11th, 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Geometry or above.
Length: Year-long
Digital Electronics (DE) is a course of study in applied digital logic. Students will study the application of electronic logic circuits and devices and use Boolean logic to find solutions to problems. Understanding logic circuits and the use of smart circuits is how computers, video games, calculators, and other such devices are created. The use of smart circuits is present in virtually all aspects of our lives making it an important course of study for students exploring a career in manufacture and engineering technologies. Students will learn how to use Circuit Maker, an industry standard, to test and analyze their own designs, generate printed circuit boards, and construct the design using chips and other components.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing - PLTW
Open to: All 10th, 11th, 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Geometry or above
Length: Year-long
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) will be presenting the fundamentals of computerized
manufacturing technology. The course is taught using demonstrations and discussions combined with
individual and team-centered project based learning. CIM focuses on concepts in computer modeling,
computer numeric controlled (CNC) equipment, computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics
in manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing systems.

Civil Engineering and Architecture - PLTW
Open to: All 10th, 11th, 12th grade students
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Algebra 1 or above
Length: Year-long
This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing
the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use up-to-date software to
solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course
covers topics such as: the roles of civil engineers and architects, project planning, site planning, building
design and construction, project documentation and presentation.

Engineering Design and Development/Entrepreneurship
Open to: All 11th & 12th grade students
Prerequisite: PLTW coursework or instructors permission
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Algebra 2 or above.
Length: Year-long
This course consists of two parts. The course begins with students working in teams to research, design
and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. You and your team will 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. Second semester brings the addition of Entrepreneurship. Students will use
standards and project-based pedagogy, emphasizing the development of leadership skills and actively
engaging students through relevant curriculum and inquiry based instruction. Students will engage in
sustained study and extended application of leadership and entrepreneurship concepts and processes.

Intro to Technology
Open to: All students
Length: Semester
This class is an introductory software applications class. Students will be introduced to a variety of computer software packages that have a wide range of cross over applications and related skills. Desktop publishing, computer-aided design, and Internet applications are the core software applications covered in this class. Adobe PhotoShop, PageMaker, Illustrator, and 3D Home Architect; Inventor; and the Microsoft Office suite of applications are some of the software packages available to students. Students will also be introduced to using scanners, digital cameras, and various printers. This is a hands-on project based class.

Web Programming I
Open to: All students
Length: Semester
Students advance from basic HTML to scripting. Web Design covers all aspects of development from
building the site to running it from different servers. Students will complete two web sites by the end of
the semester; one without a scripting language and with Active Server Pages (Visual Basic Script).

Robotics
Open to: All students
Length: Semester
Industrial Design: Robotics uses whole-system engineering concepts. Students develop solutions to
industrial problems using robots. These robots merge mechanical and software engineering principles.
Students create a real autonomous robot to complete a prescribed task.

Design Theory
Open to: All students
Length: Semester
This course introduces the elements of design, creative thinking techniques, and the fundamentals of layout design. Students will be introduced to the multiple elements and techniques of using the basic software applications used in the graphic design industry. Emphasis is on specific methods for generating creative visual ideas, applying those ideas to graphic solutions, and working within prescribed sets of design specifications. This class is the foundation course in graphic design and satisfies a fine arts credit for graduation and the prerequisite for the advanced classes: Adobe Illustrator and In Design.

Adobe Illustrator
Open to: All students
Prerequisite: Design Theory
Length: Semester
The student will work with Adobe Illustrator CS3, understand the Adobe Illustrator workspace, customize the workspace, understand how to use the various help facilities provided, use the navigator panel, demonstrate selecting and aligning, use of magic wands, group items, work with shapes, drawings, and demonstrate the use of various drawing tools, demonstrate various transformation techniques including scaling, reflecting, rotating, distorting, shearing, changing perspective, make multiple transformations and how to position objects, demonstrate proficiency using the pen tool, work with color and painting, work with type, and layers. Upon completion of this course the student will complete a final project using techniques from lessons learned. This course satisfies a fine arts credit for graduation.
Articulation Agreement with St. Paul College: upon successful completion of this high rigor course you will be granted 1.5-semester credit transferable to any MNSCU college.

Adobe InDesign
Open to: All students
Prerequisite: Design Theory
Length: Semester
This class introduces the student to InDesign CS3, introduces the best workflow practices. Topics include document setup, working with frames, importing and editing text, typography, color and color management, and working with styles, importing and linking graphics, creating, importing, and formatting tables, working with transparency, working with long documents, output, and PDF exporting, and using XML. Upon completion, the student will demonstrate their mastery of the material by completing a final class project. This course satisfies a fine arts credit for graduation.
Articulation Agreement with St. Paul College: upon successful completion of this high rigor course you will be granted 1.5-semester credit transferable to any MNSCU college.

Digital Photography 1
Open to: All students
Length: Semester
This course introduces the student to digital photography and relates it to Web design advantages of digital photography, advantages of analog photography, hybrid digital photography, maximizing image definition, utilizing camera features, light, composition, on-location shooting, studio shooting, useful photo accessories, computer requirements, converting analog to digital, cataloging and managing images and choosing an image editing program. This is a hands-on course where the students will develop a project using the knowledge gained in class. This class is the foundation course in media arts and satisfies a fine arts credit for graduation and the prerequisite for the advanced classes: Adobe Photoshop and Digital Video 1.
Articulation Agreement with St. Paul College: upon successful completion of this high rigor course you will be granted 1.5-semester credit transferable to any MNSCU college.

Adobe Photoshop
Open to: All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1
Length: Semester
This course introduces the student to Adobe Photoshop CS3. Topics include the Photoshop interface, hardware and software requirements, file formats, pixels, vectors, resolution, color theory, Photoshop color management, masks, type and typography, painting tools and brushes, layers and layer styles, filters, extract, liquefy and the pattern maker. This is a hands-on course where the students will develop a project using the knowledge gained in class. This course satisfies a fine arts credit for graduation.
Articulation Agreement with St. Paul College: upon successful completion of this high rigor course you will be granted 1.5-semester credit transferable to any MNSCU college. Students can attempt the Adobe Certified Associate exam upon completion of this course.

Digital Video 1
Open to: All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1
Length: Semester
This course covers video production techniques. All phases of video production will be covered including pre-production, production and post-production with focus on creating digital video. Topics include screenwriting, photography, drawing, story concept, characters, plots, themes, digital tools, generating original ideas, incorporating plot goals, creating the final story, creating original characters, themes and visual metaphors, developing visual styles, developing digital production styles, creating visually expressive characters, developing set designs, conceptual lighting design, developing color palette, narrative sound design, production story-editing choices, digitally enhanced storytelling techniques, using modern 2D animation to expand our realities and using 3D animation to show anything imaginable. This course satisfies a fine arts credit for graduation. Articulation Agreement with St. Paul College: upon successful completion of this high rigor course you will be granted 1.5-semester credit transferable to any MNSCU college.

Machine Shop 1
Open to: All 10th, 11th and 12th grade students
Length: Semester
This class is very hands on and is designed to give you in-depth instruction and experiences in the
operation and set-up of machine tools. You will make several projects out of metal using a wide range of
machine tools that will give you skills in accurate measurement, working with close tolerances, reading
blue prints and other skills related to Manufacture and Engineering Technologies. Students in this class
will have an opportunity to tour businesses that do this type of work and visit Technical Colleges that offer
Machine Tool programs. For those students who choose this class is a gateway to a State Certified Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Machine Shop 2
Open to: All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Machine Shop 1
Length: Semester
This class is also very hands on and will advance the skills and knowledge that you developed in Machine
Shop 1 by building complex projects out of metal that will require your involvement in the design of these
projects. These projects range from small working engines to tools and instruments used in machine tool
and engineering programs. Students who complete this level 2 class will have gained the entry-level
skills necessary to enter into a Machine Tool career. This class also supports a State Certified Youth
Apprenticeship Program. Eleventh and Twelfth grade students will have the opportunity to take PSEO
classes in machine tool at a number of Technical Colleges.

Machine Shop 3
Open to: All 10th, 11th and 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Machine Shop 2
Length: Semester
This class is a continuation of Machine Shop 2. This class will emphasize the blending of hands on and
High Tech skills. Students in this class will have the opportunity to design and build their own projects
using Computer Aided Design Drawing and Computer Numerically Controlled machining practices.
Group and individual projects in this class will also support our Robotics and Project Lead the Way
engineering classes. This class also supports a State Certified Youth Apprenticeship Program and
Eleventh and Twelfth grade students will have the opportunity to take PSEO classes in machine tool at a
number of Technical Colleges.