Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School offers the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) – Engineering Program. The pathway is as follows: 

9th grade

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

The Introduction to Engineering Design course is one of foundation courses in the Project Lead the Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to a design process, professional communication and collaboration methods, design ethics, and technical documentation.

IED will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in research and analysis, teamwork, technical writing, engineering graphics, and problem solving through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. IED also challenges students to build their interpersonal skills and creative abilities while applying math, science, and technology knowledge learned in other courses to solve engineering design problems and communicate their solutions.

10th grade

Principles of Engineering

The PLTW Principles of Engineering course introducesstudents to basic mechanical and civil engineering concepts. Students use theories of Physics to solve problem. This course helps students to critically think and solve problems using the Engineering Design Process. Students must use reading, math, science, and engineering content and skills to acquire information. Synthesizing this information promotes both college and career readiness. Students also study engineering professionals and the requirements of professions and school required to become an engineer.

11th grade

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics is a PLTW course which specializes in electronics and theory of electric circuit design. Students are exposed to real world situations that have multiple solutions. Synthesizing this information promotes both college and career readiness. Students also study engineering professionals and the requirements of professions and school required to become an engineer.

12th grade

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of atmospheric and space flight. Students explore the fundamentals of flight in air and space as they bring the concepts to life by designing and testing components related to flight such as an airfoil, propulsion system, and a rocket. They learn orbital mechanics concepts and apply these by creating models using industry-standard software. They also apply aerospace concepts to alternative applications such as a wind turbine and parachute. Students simulate a progression of operations to explore a planet, including creating a map of the terrain with a model satellite and using the map to execute a mission using an autonomous robot.