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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national non-profit organization established to help schools give students the knowledge they need to excel in high-tech fields. Studies of PLTW's curriculum have proven that PLTW students become the kind of prepared, competent, high-tech employees the nation's industries need to stay competitive in the global market.
PLTW's goal is to increase the number, quality and diversity of engineers graduating from our educational system. This program offers students the chance to discover if engineering is the career for them before spending thousands of dollars on college courses.
PLTW is centered around the idea of bringing pre-engineering curriculum and concepts to students through practical application while their opinions about careers and interests are still forming.
Nationally the program offers six challenging high school courses that use project-based, hands-on experience to teach students the key elements and skills of engineering and technology-based careers by immersing them in rigorous engineering problems. They are listed below. Greenville High currently offers Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and a new course, Honors Digital Electronics. Students can earn college credit for these courses at the following schools and universities: Clemson, USC, The Citadel, Greenville Tech, Midlands Tech, and Piedmont Tech.
Principles of Engineering helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
Introduction to Engineering Design teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.
Digital Electronics is a course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing applies principles of robotics and automation. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design, and Design and Drawing for Production. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included.
Civil Engineering and Architecture provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities
Engineering Design and Development is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.