PROJECT LEAD THE WAY / ENGINEERING

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We believe all students deserve access to modern, real-world learning experiences that enable them to thrive in college, career, and life.  Learning is not just understanding the formulas, but seeing the application and how much fun it can be.

"Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was.  Possible worlds are not fictions, but the business engineering is all about."

-- Theodore Von Karman, mathematician, aerospace engineer and educator

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY ELECTIVES

763 PLTW / INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing any technical or medical career path. IED is the first of five (5) elective year-long courses in the nationally recognized PLTW engineering program. IED is a project-based learning course that exposes students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts to solve design problems using the current version of Autodesk Inventor Professional. Since IED is a project-based course, the semester finals will be included in a component of all test and quizzes throughout the school year. Students may earn the Autodesk Inventor Professional Certified User nationally recognized credential. Students may earn two (2) college engineering credits from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

765 PLTW / PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design (763)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Principles of Engineering (POE) is the second year-long course in the four-year Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering elective. Principles of Engineering is a survey course that exposes students in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Major topic areas for this course include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, software control, robotics, and kinematics. Students develop problem solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. Students may earn three (3) college engineering credits from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

766 PLTW / AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (Honors)
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering (765)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Aerospace Engineering (AE) is for junior and senior students who have completed PLTW Principles of Engineering. This course provides a glimpse into the field of Aerospace Engineering. AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics.
Students will design, build, and analyze aerospace systems such as wind tunnels, gliders, rockets, and rovers. Students will discover the reality and complexity of aerospace design. Since AE is a project-based course, the semester finals will be included in a component of all test and quizzes throughout the school year. Students may earn three (3) college engineering credits from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

767 PLTW / AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Algebra IIA (322)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) is the third year-long course in the four-year PLTW engineering elective. This course is also a stand-alone, meaning anyone can take this course without any prior PLTW courses. Students who enroll in this class will work in teams to develop computational thinking and problem solving skills. The course covers the College Board’s Computer Science Principles framework. Students are required to take the national AP test in May (additional fee required) as well as the end-of-semester culminating activity at St. Mary’s. The course does not aim to teach mastery of a single programming language but aims instead to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity.
The course also aims to build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Languages introduced include Python, Scratch, and MIT App Inventor. Since AP CSP is a project-based course, the semester finals will be included as a component of all tests and quizzes throughout the school year. Students may earn three (3) college engineering credits from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

769 PLTW / ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT (Honors)
Grade: Senior
Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering (765), and either Aerospace Engineering (766) or AP Computer Science (767)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course for seniors only in which they work in teams to design and develop an original solution 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. Students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solution. Finally, student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel as the final project for the school year. Students may earn three (3) college engineering credits from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Note for all PLTW courses

  • All five PLTW courses offer dual/concurrent enrollment credit from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. IED earns 2 credits and POE, AE, AP CSP, and EDD earn 3 credits/each. Therefore, our students have the opportunity to earn 14 UCCS college engineering credits while attending St. Mary’s High School.

  • If there are scheduling conflicts in the Engineering student's schedule, a PLTW course may fulfill up to 2 credits in math and/or science.

Disclaimer*
Students enrolled in the St. Mary’s PLTW Engineering Program will be using small hand and power tools. Parents and students understand that the risk of injury in this class is higher than a standard classroom course.

FACULTY

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Mr. Mike Kloenne

Engineering Department Chair and Engineering & Math Teacher

mkloenne@smhscs.org

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Mr. Tony Clavenna

Engineering & Math Teacher

tclavenna@smhscs.org

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Mr. Caleb Smith

Engineering & Math Teacher

csmith@smhscs.org

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