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Empower Your Students to Engineer The Future with PLTW’s High School Engineering Curriculum

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PLTW Engineering Students Explore Success Through Experimentation

You see it every day: students enter the classroom expecting one right answer, a singular path to success. But you know the world doesn’t award grades and answers aren’t always so easy to find.

PLTW Engineering teaches students that real-world problems often have multiple solutions with many pathways to achieve success. With engaging courses like environmental sustainability, civil engineering and architecture, digital electronics, and aerospace engineering, you can empower your students to explore possibilities, experiment, learn from failure, and turn ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering encourages students to adopt a problem-solving mindset, engaging them in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers.

Teach the in-demand knowledge and skills students will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

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The PLTW classes are the reason I want to be an engineer - exposing me to content and the types of things you can do as an engineer. The PLTW courses also did a lot with teaching me different paths to problem solving.

- PLTW Engineering Student Texas

Now [after] 12 years of PLTW, when our students get [to college], they know what they're getting themselves into. They feel prepared. They are prepared, not just with math and science, but with the knowledge, collaboration, understanding, scientific method and process, and not being afraid of failure.

- Trevor Watkins Principal, Texas

The students follow the engineering process and they're learning, but they don't realize they're learning, and it's a wonderful thing to see when they get it. And they're having fun. It's all hands-on, and it's just a wonderful thing to see the students change in that way.

- Ricky Reeves PLTW Outstanding Engineering Teacher of the Year, Missouri

Prepare Today's Students for Tomorrow's Careers

Develop College and Career Readiness

Prepare students today for the roles they want and the reality they will face in college and beyond.

Teach with Hands-on Activities

Inspire deeper learning and transform your classroom with an engineering curriculum that encourages experimentation and problem solving.

Build In-Demand Skills

Equip students to succeed by practicing skills like collaboration, teamwork, and communication in the classroom.

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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.

Engineering Essentials

Students explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences as they solve engaging and challenging real-world problems like creating a natural relief center system or creating a solution to improve the safety and well-being of local citizens.

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.

We offer more than STEM curricula. PLTW schools and students are set up for long-term success.

Dynamic and Meaningful Professional Development for Teachers

PLTW Core Training is a robust and interactive professional development experience that empowers teachers to facilitate engaging and meaningful learning for their students.

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Funding and Grant Opportunities

Make PLTW happen in your school through a variety of available funding and grant opportunities.

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Assessments Designed to Mirror PLTW’s Transformative Learning Experience

Using innovative, inquiry-based items, PLTW’s redesigned Assessments measure a broader range of knowledge, skills, and cognitive abilities, and deliver a dynamic experience that is authentic to the learning environment of the PLTW classroom.

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Start transforming your high school classroom with PLTW today

Provide your high school students with access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond.