PLTW – Civil Engineering and Architecture – 9610

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Type: Practical Art 

School: CACC

Learn to design and build the physical and natural environment infrastructure modern society depends on, including houses, roads, bridges, dams, clean energy, structural components of buildings and alternative transportation. This course grants you the intellectual freedom and laid-back approach to develop your interest in building and designing concepts. You will design house plans and create 3D models along with realistic renderings of houses with lighting and materials using CAD (computer aided design) software, test balsa wood bridges and other structures, study road and transportation design, survey outdoor environments, create topographic models, observe erosion tables, interact with an augmented reality sandbox and more. If you have any career interest in engineering or architecture, this course will give you the real-world, college-level experience needed to see if this is the right fit for you. Let’s get building! Every student will have an opportunity to advance personal and professional skills through participation in SkillsUSA.

Recommended: C or better average in Algebra 1 

College credit: may be available 

Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students find PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.