Engineering Strands 2020


Engineering Design (PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design)
Students use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones. Using sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software, students communicate the details of the products. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others. This is the first class in a series of engineering classes that students can take, working toward earning college credit


Principles of Engineering
This course explores the wide variety of careers in engineering and covers various technology systems and manufacturing processes related to the field of engineering. This is the second course in a series of Project Lead the Way courses that can work towards earning college credit.

Digital Electronics
What you will learn in this course: This is a full year course in the Project Lead the Way series where students will learn about the basic principles of electronic circuits and devices and how they are designed, built and programmed. 

 How you will learn in this course: Students will learn through lecture, demonstration, and primarily hands-on class work using computer simulation software to first design and test circuits, and then the actual circuits and devices are constructed.  

Why this course is important: Electronic devices are a major part of our everyday life. This course helps to understand the principles behind how they work and gives you a chance to apply those ideas on actual projects while exploring the world of Electronics Engineering careers.


Civil Engineering & Architecture
What you will learn in this course: Students will learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply what they learn to the design and development of a property. 

How you will learn in this course: Students will explore hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture. Activities will also include surveying and soil testing. 

Why this course is important: The projects and activities in this course will benefit students interested in pursuing a career in Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, or Construction.


Digital Fabrication:

 This course is a hands-on introduction to the equipment and resources that are available in the TBird Boiler Room (FabLab + Steam Lab) including but not limited to: laser engraver, vinyl cutter, 3D printers, and CNC router, plasma, mill, and lathe machines. Students will use the design process paired with the digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping equipment in the Fab Lab to create solutions to problems. In today's global economy, high tech digital fabrication has become a major part of the manufacturing industry. This class will give students the opportunity to operate many of these pieces of equipment while using them to create exciting projects and explore their imagination and curiosity.


Computer Science Strand - 2019


Grade Level



Introduction to Computer Science



Digital Electronics



Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles




Digital Fabrication


Introduction to Computer Science

Credit Value: One-half credit

Open to: All Grade levels

Prerequisites: none

What you will learn in this course:  

Beyond learning the fundamentals of programming, in this one semester course - students build computational-thinking skills by applying computer science to collaboration tools, modeling and simulation, and data analysis. In addition, students transfer the understanding of programming gained in App Inventor to text-based programming in Python® and apply their knowledge to create algorithms for games of chance and strategy. This course is a Project Lead the Way course


 AP - Computer Science Principles

Credit Value: One credit

Open to: Grades 11, & 12

Prerequisites: none

What you will learn in this course:


Computer Science Principles (CSP) is a PLTW course to implement the College Board’s new AP CS Principles framework. Students work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve problems. The course does not aim to teach mastery of a single programming language but aims instead to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity. THERE WILL BE MATH!

  • Unit 1 Algorithms, Graphics, and Graphical User Interfaces (77 days, 48%) 

  • Unit 2 The Internet (30 days, 18%) 

  • Unit 3 Raining Reigning Data (30 days, 18%) 

  • Unit 4 Intelligent Behavior (28 days, 17%) 

How you will learn in this course:


Students create apps for mobile devices, automate tasks in a variety of languages, find patterns in data, and interpret simulations. Students collaborate to create and present solutions that can improve people’s lives. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Problems aim for ground-level entry with no ceiling so that all students can successfully engage the problems. Students with greater motivation, ability, or background knowledge will be challenged to work further.


Applications and languages used include, but are not limited to:

  • Scratch®, 

  • App Inventor

  • Python® 

  • HTML 

  • CSS

  • HTML5  

  • JavaScript

  • Introducing PHP

  • Databases 

  •  SQL

  •  Excel

Why this course is important:

PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment. Using an endorsed provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CSP syllabus preapproved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CSP.