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Engineering Design

This full-year course is appropriate for students in grades 9-12. The major focus of Engineering Design PLTW is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Engineering Design is a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) course. It is a pre-college engineering level course and a strong background in science and math is recommended. Students successfully completing Engineering Design may be able to earn COLLEGE CREDIT from the University of Minnesota.

Principles of Engineering

This full-year course is appropriate for students in grades 10-12. This course is more advanced that the Engineering Design course. The class exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work, and communicate solutions. Principles of Engineering is a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) course. It is a pre-college engineering level course and a strong background in science and math is recommended. Students successfully completing Engineering Design may be able to earn COLLEGE CREDIT from the University of Minnesota.