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Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering
Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution
of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB)
teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-
ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other
Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems
as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer
review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according
to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and
communicate solutions. In addition the development of computational methods that are commonly used in
engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical
issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is a high-school-level specialization course in the
PLTW Engineering Program. In CEA students are introduced to important aspects of building
and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering
practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D
architectural design software. Using the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and
learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-
ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation,
communication, and other professional skills.
Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students solve
problems as they practice common design and development protocols, such as project
management and peer review. Students will develop skills in engineering calculations, technical
representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical
standards, and use of current 3-D architectural design and modeling software to represent and
Principles of Engineering (POE) is a foundation course of the high school engineering pathway. This survey course
exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course
of study. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics,
including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The course applies
and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.
Students have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-,
and problem-based (APB) learning. By solving rigorous and relevant design problems using engineering and
science concepts within a collaborative learning environment, APB learning challenges students to continually
hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills. Students will also learn how to
document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.
It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program.
It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an
original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process.
Students will perform research to select, define, and justify a problem. After carefully defining the design
requirements and creating multiple solution approaches, teams of students select an approach, create, and test
their solution prototype. Student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While
progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually
hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and
their understanding of the design process.
Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 11th and 12th grade students.
Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem
solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as
the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the
PLTW foundation courses.
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