PLTW – Engineering Design and Development – 9758

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

School: CACC

Prerequisite: Passing grades for both semesters (averaging 70% or higher) in one of the following: PLTW – Introduction to Engineering Design, PLTW Principles of Engineering, PLTW – Digital Electronics, PLTW – Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, PLTW – Civil Engineering and Architecture or Computer Aided Design 1.

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

Engineering Design and Development is the capstone course in the PLTW engineering program. It is an engineering research course where you work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The teams will create a working prototype of their solution to deem the issue “solved.” The course involves and concurrently develops secondary-level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and technology. You need a work ethic and self-discipline to meet the high-level rigor. Every student will have an opportunity to advance personal and professional skills through participation in SkillsUSA.

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.