PLTW – Digital Electronics – 9751

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credits: 2 Type: Practical Art 

School: CACC

Co-Requisite: All PLTW courses require concurrent enrollment in (or satisfactory completion of) appropriate grade-level math and science courses 

The digital realm is built on two essential words, ON and OFF. The ON/OFF switch is the same logic used to make the digital electronic circuits inside your laptop computer, drone and smartphone. This class explores how ON/OFF’s simple concept creates a world of endless digital capabilities to learn and build. Students will design physical circuits and microcontrollers in which they will have the ability to run traffic signs, automate toll-booths and even count votes for an election. The labs demonstrate the real-world implementation of otherwise abstract academic concepts and provide valuable experience in breadboarding, testing and debugging circuits. Every student will have an opportunity to advance personal and professional skills through participation in SkillsUSA.

Recommended: C or better average in Algebra 1 or credit in PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design, or PLTW Principles of Engineering 

Related: PLTW Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design, PLTW Principles of Engineering 

College dual credit: may be available 

Articulated 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.