Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – Engineering Pathway


PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.

PLTW students have said that PLTW Engineering influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.

To be PLTW program completers In MCPS, students must enroll in Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) during the freshman year of high school, Principles of Engineering during the sophomore year, Digital Electronics during the junior year, an additional Specialty Engineering class* (TBD) during junior or senior year, and a Capstone Engineering Design and Development Course (EDD) during senior year. Students who some, but not all required courses can still be program participants.  Students participating in the PLTW Engineering pathway are eligible for specialized scholarships, admissions preference at some colleges and universities as well as college-level recognition (similar to AP or transfer credits)

Students can apply to the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program at:http://tinyurl.com/WoottonPLTWApplication

*Specialty courses may include: Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Digital Electronics, or Environmental Sustainability.  NOTE:  All specialty courses in the PLTW curriculum may not be offered at Wootton High School.    

For questions about the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program at Wootton, please contact Kevin O’Neill at Kevin_O’Neill@mcpsmd.org

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