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PLTW® Engineering

PLTW® Engineering Students Become Tomorrow's Problem Solvers Today!

From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

 Building a Strong Foundation for College and Career

Each PLTW Engineering course engages students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.

Pathway Classes

PLTW® Intro to  Engineering Design

Students deeply explore the engineering design process, applying math, science, and  engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to  design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering  notebook to document their work. (A Project Lead the Way course).

PLTW®  Principles of  Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering  topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.  Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for  design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. (A Project Lead the Way  course).

PLTW®  Computer  Integrated Manufacturing

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to  the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the  opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students  about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a  virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system. (A  Project Lead the Way course).

PLTW®  Capstone – Engineering Design and  Development 

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in  EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately  presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they  have developed to document a design process to standards, and complete the EDD ready to  take on any post-secondary program or career. (A Project Lead the Way course).

Technology Education:  MESA-(Math,  Engineering, Science  Achievement)

This is a pre-college course program that prepares students for college majors and careers in  engineering and science. This class is designed to motivate New Mexico students to excel in  science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is a project-based course that will  involve research, writing, and problem solving, teamwork, and clear communication skills.

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