The Project Lead the Way Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program is a sequence of courses, which follows a proven hands-on, real- world, problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout PTE, students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency and develop organizational, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. They discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products? Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. Hello, NASA. Students apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics – think robotics. They design, test and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project. It’s STEM education and it’s at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.
Year 1 - Honors Introduction to Engineering Design
Students use the design process and industry standard 3D modeling software to design solutions to solve proposed problems.
Year 2 - Honors Principles of Engineering Design:
Students are exposed to major concepts like mechanisms, energy, statics, materials and kinematics.
Year 3 - your choice of the following courses:
Students explore the evolution of flight, flight fundamentals, navigation and control, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, orbital mechanics, ergonomics, remotely operated systems and related careers
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Students explore manufacturing history, individual processes, systems and careers. The course also incorporates finance, ethics and engineering design.
Civil Engineering & Architecture
Students design and develop residential and commercial properties using 3D architectural design software.
Year 4 - Engineering Design and Development.
Students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process.