Pre-PLTW and PLTW Course Offerings
STEM and Technology Engineering (grades 8-10)
This semester class explores the world of engineering and technology through hands-on learning experiences , real-life simulations and lab activities. Students work with a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment, such as 3D printers, laser printers and computer-aided drafting (CAD) 2D and 3D software. The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills and experiences needed to develop 21st century competencies that will lead to a solid preparation for future educational and career opportunities.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Introduction to Engineering Design (grades 9-12) Possible to earn three college credits
This full-year class is recommended as the first course of the Project Lead the Way program. Students use 3D modeling design software to help them design solutions to proposed problems. Students learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The major focus of the course is to expose students to the engineering design process and to provide them with the skills and experiences needed to develop 21st century competencies that will lead to a solid preparation for future educational and career opportunities.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Integrated Manufacturing (grades 9-12) Possible to earn three college credits
This full-year course addresses how the modern world is made. Engineers invent, design and prototype the technology that we use. Manufacturing processes are used to mass produce, inexpensively and with high quality, the products that we need and want. This class takes students from design to product, using design software, CNC machining, robotic automation and control to develop expertise using state-of-the-art computer integrated manufacturing processes.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Principles of Engineering (grades 10-12) Possible to earn three college credits
- Prerequisite: enrolled in or completed Algebra II or Algebra III
This full-year survey course exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students have the opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. In addition, students develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Design and Development (grades 10-12)
- Prerequisite: Intro. to Engineering Design or Principles of Engineering Design
This full-year class 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 problems by applying the engineering design process. Students present their proposed problems to a panel of professional engineers and, after carefully defining each problem, teams of students research, design, build and test their prototypes and present their final solutions to a panel of professional engineers.
"The PLTW Intro. to Engineering Design course was the perfect class for me to actually create something out of all of the ideas in my head. It also affirmed my college and career plans."
- Tyler Hebig, 2013 MWHS graduate majoring in industrial design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout