PLTW – Engineering Design and Development – 9758

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

School: CACC

Prerequisite: PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design and PLTW Principles of Engineering or at least one of the following 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 students 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 as “solved.” The course involves and concurrently develops secondary-level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and technology. Students need the 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 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.