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Pre-Engineering

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a high school pre-engineering program. PLTW's Pathway To Engineering (PTE) and Biomedical Sciences (BMS) programs for high schools and the Gateway To Technology (GTT) program for middle schools set the highest standards for rigorous, focused, and engaging study, developing students' innovative, collaborative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Pathfinder offers courses in the PTE program. They can be taken as a four-year science option or combined with other science courses tailored to the student's interests and shop requirements. Those students who complete four years of PLTW courses may be eligible for college credit from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

PLTW Course Sequence

 COURSE  YEAR
 Introduction to Engineering Design 09, 11
 Digital Electronics 10, 12
 Principles of Engineering 11
 Engineering Design and Development 12

Introduction to Engineering Design

Introduction to Engineering Design is one of three foundation courses in 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 course of study includes:
  • Design Process
  • Modeling
  • Sketching
  • Measurement, Statistics, and Applied Geometry
  • Presentation Design and Delivery
  • Engineering Drawing Standards
  • CAD Solid Modeling
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Consumer Product Design Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Virtual Design Teams
Concurrently, IED prepares students to pass the MCAS technology/engineering exam in June.

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics is one of three foundation courses in 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 course of study includes:

Foundations of Digital Electronics

  • Scientific and Engineering Notations
  • Electronic Component identification
  • Basic Soldering and PCB Construction
  • Electron Theory & Circuit Theory Laws
  • Circuit Simulation
  • Breadboard Prototyping
  • Component Datasheets & Troubleshooting

Combinational Logic Analysis and Design

  • Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal Number Systems
  • Boolean Algebra and DeMorgan's Theorems
  • AND-OR-INVERT, NAND only, and NOR Only Logic Design.
  • Binary Adders and Two's Complement Arithmetic
  • Combinational Logic Design with Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Sequential Logic Analysis and Design

  • Flip-Flops, Latches and Their Applications.
  • Asynchronous Counter Design with Small and Medium Scale Intergrated Circuits.
  • Sychronous Counter Design with Small and Medium Scale Intergrated Circuits.
  • Sequential Logic Design with Field Programmable Gate Arrays
  • Introduction to State Machines.

Introduction to MicroControllers

  • Software Development for a Introductory Microcontroller
  • Real-World Interface: Introduction to Hardware Controls
  • Process Control with Microcontroller

Principals of Engineering

Principles of Engineering is one of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathmatics, science, and technology.

The course of study includes:
  • Mechanisms
  • Energy Sources
  • Energy Applications
  • Machine Control
  • Fluid Power
  • Statics
  • Material Properties
  • Material Testing
  • Statistics
  • Kinematics

Engineering Design and Development

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop original solutions to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

The course of study includes:
  • The Design Process
  • Intellectual Property
  • Research
  • Problem Identification, Validation, and Justification
  • Teamwork
  • Project Management
  • Design Specifications
  • Concept Testing
  • Design Proposal
  • Virtual Solutions
  • Buidling a Prototype
  • Testing a Prototype
  • Test Evaluation and Refinement
  • Documentation
  • Presenting the process and Results

Pre-Engineering Instructors

Mr. Jack O'Donnell
Mr. Dave Wilson

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