PLTW Course Descriptions and Sequence

Project Lead the Way Engineering Course Sequence

 Catonsville High School

PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design Honors (9th grade-satisfies Tech Ed requirement)

Students will dig deep into the engineering design process, applying Math, Science and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing new toys or improving existing products.   Students will use wood working techniques and tools to create an animation box.  Students will utilize the 3D printer and laser cutter to make personalized products.   Co-requisite: Algebra I

PLTW Digital Electronics Honors (10th grade)

Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in the circuit design process to create combinational logic and sequential logic as electrical engineers do in industry.  Projects include breadboarding circuits to simulate a voting machine and using microcontrollers to create a functional toll booth.  Prerequisites:  PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design, Algebra I

PLTW Principles of Engineering Honors (11th grade)

Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation and then students apply their findings to take on challenges.  Challenges and projects include programming robots to simulate an autonomous monorail or an elevator and creating a marble sorter.  Students will create balsawood bridges in order to analyze and test forces within bridge trusses.  Pre-requisites:  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, PLTW IED, PLTW DE

PLTW Aerospace Engineering GT/AA (11th grade)

Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like creating and testing balsawood gliders.  Students will build and fly model rockets in this course, as well as create and test composite material samples.  Prerequisites:  PLTW IED, PLTW DE, Algebra I, Algebra 2

PLTW Engineering Design and Development GT/AA (12th grade)

Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design and test a solution.  Ultimately, students will present their unique solutions and the products that they have created to a panel of engineers for review and judging.  This is the PLTW engineering capstone course.  Pre-requisites include PLTW IED, PLTW DE, PLTW POE, PLTW AE