Advanced Engineering Academy
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national program designed to increase the number and quality of engineers graduating from the education system in America. PLTW has developed a four year program that when combined with mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and technology prior to entering college. The PLTW program here at Poolesville High School received recertification in the spring of 2014, along with an Outstanding Program of Excellence Award for the State of Maryland.
Keith Gordon, Teacher
David Hill, Teacher
Denita Weber, Teacher
Terry Young, Teacher
Introduction to Engineering Design - 9th Grade
A course that teaches problem solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. In NYS, the course is called Design and Drawing for Production and follows the syllabus developed by the State Education Department.
Principles of Engineering - 10th Grade
A course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
Digital Electronics - 11th Grade
A course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.
Civil Engineering and Architecture - 11th Grade
This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as:
- The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects
- Project Planning
- Site Planning
- Building Design
- Project Documentation and Presentation
Engineering Design and Development - 12th Grade
An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.