PLTW: Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)

Teacher Information

Mrs. Kaitlin Rossi


Office: 1410

Primary Classroom: 3006 (Link Lab)


  • Bachelor's in Architectural Studies from University of Illinois in 2013.
  • Master's in STEM Education & Leadership from Illinois State University in 2015.
  • Master's in Educational Technology & Leadership from Concordia University Chicago expected graduation in 2019.

About CEA

In PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture, students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. This course is designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students. Students may receive college credit and/or advanced standing for successful completion of this course and a cumulative exam.

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Project 1: Tiny Design

Project 1 Goals:

  • (re)Introduce design process steps and basic Revit drafting skills
  • Be able to identify and create different roof styles on Revit software.
  • Be able to identify, label and create all the different layers of a residential wall system.
  • Estimate the cost of a simplified tiny structure by identifying all the different materials used to construct the structure.
  • Understand how we reduce heat transfer through different surfaces of buildings.

Project 2: Habitat for Humanity Home Design

Project 2 Goals:

  • Understand and be able to apply efficent home design guidelines
  • Understand and be able to apply water supply calculations
  • Develop electrical plan meeting building codes

Project 3: Commercial Design

Project 3 Goals:

  • Be able to identify, label and create all the different layers of a commercial wall, floor, roof and foundation system.
  • Understand and be able to apply universal design concepts within design
  • Be able to complete steel beam calculations

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