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PLTW Engineering Students Become Tomorrow's Problem Solvers Today

From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

Building a Strong Foundation for College and Career

Each PLTW Engineering course engages students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.


  • Introduction to Engineering Design

  • Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.

  • Principles of Engineering

  • Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.

  • Civil Engineering and Architecture

  • Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, and then they apply what they know to design a commercial building.

  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing

  • Students discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation, and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.

  • Computer Science Principles

  • Using Python® as a primary tool, students develop computational-thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients.

  • Digital Electronics

  • Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply, and renewable energy.

  • Engineering Design and Development

  • Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.

Build a Strong Foundation for Your PLTW Engineering Program

The strongest PLTW Engineering programs typically focus on key student-focused priorities. When implementing your PLTW Engineering program, it may be helpful to keep in mind that current successful programs tend to provide access to a variety of courses to students at all grade levels, ensuring every student gets to experience PLTW. In most strong PLTW Engineering programs, several teachers are trained and are actively engaged in the program and focused on student achievement. In addition, strong PLTW Engineering programs have enthusiastic champions among district and school leaders.

Student-Centered, Balanced Assessment

Our assessment experts collaborate with classroom teachers and apply industry best practices and methods to design, test, and implement assessments for our network of schools. PLTW supports a balanced approach to assessment for all programs, integrating both formative and summative assessments that allow teachers to monitor student progress and modify instruction as needed. Through a balanced assessment approach, assessment is an ongoing activity. Students demonstrate their knowledge throughout the course by completing activities, projects, and problems using a variety of assessment tools – such as performance rubrics, reflective questioning, portfolio reviews, and End-of-Course (EoC) assessments – to deepen and expand their knowledge and skills.

Life After Collins

High school students who succesfully complete this program will have the credentials and experience to work in an entry level possiton in HVAC installation and maintenance, electricity, and commercial and residential maintenance.


The prepare youth and adults to enter, compete and advance in an ever changing world of work.

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