Schools offer a minimum of three courses by the end of the third year of implementation: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles Of Engineering, and any specialization course or the capstone course.
Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.
Principles Of Engineering
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software. Some students have seen these designs come to life through partnerships with local housing organizations.
Engineering Design and Development
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
Engineering - Assessment
Assessments play an important role in providing meaningful feedback to students, teachers, administrators, and PLTW. Through assessments, students identify what they are doing well and what they need help with, and teachers are able to provide individualized direction and guidance to each student.
Student Centered Balanced Assessment
PLTW supports a balanced approach to assessment for all programs, integrating both formative and summative assessments. 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 and reflective questioning to deepen and expand their knowledge and skills.
Decision Making using Valid and Reliable Scores
PLTW's assessment experts apply industry best practices and methods to design, test, and implement End of Course (EoC) assessments for our network of schools. We report valid and reliable scores on overall student performance within the course. The End of Course assessment gives students an objective evaluation of their achievement, and stakeholders data to make informed decisions.
End of Course assessments are available for all of the PLTW Engineering courses except the capstone course, Engineering Design and Development (EDD.)
The capstone course, EDD, uses a portfolio assessment hosted through the Innovation Portal. Students are able to document and show their learning in an online portfolio and have their work evaluated using the research-based Engineering Design Project Portfolio Scoring Rubric (EDPPSR.)
Many colleges, universities, and other organizations use students’ EoC scores for student recognition opportunities.