Career and Technical Education - PLTW

Construction Technology

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students design and build scale or full-size structures and work with projects that help them understand the jobs of architects, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, surveyors, contractors, masons, design engineers, and a variety of other construction careers. They also explore aspects of the construction industry

 

Production Systems

Grade: 9-11

Prerequisite: None

Students assess the relationship between production and society as they compose design portfolios, construct production prototypes, and apply automation to evaluate their solutions to technological problems.

 

Communication Systems

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Communication Systems provides experiences in the fields of imaging technology, graphic productions, video and media, technical design, and various modes of communicating information through the use of data. Students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using the universal systems model. Students also learn about the impact of communication on society and potential career fields relating to communications.

 

Graphic Communication Systems

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

This course provides experiences related to a wide range of tools and materials used to reproduce information and images. Several mediums are used, including paper, metal, plastic, and fabric. Students develop competencies in message design, composition and assembly, film conversion and assembly, and message transfer and product conversion.

 

Game Design & Development

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

The game design industry is the fastest revenue growing entertainment medium and has created many new job disciplines. In this project-based course, students will create innovative games through the application of graphic design, animation, audio, and writing skills. Students will work in teams while developing problem-solving, critical thinking, and effective communication skills. They will analyze, design, prototype, and critique interactive games within a project management environment. Career opportunities across multiple industries, including the entertainment and educational arenas, will be explored.

 

Adv. Game Design & Development

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Game Design and Development

Students will work collaboratively in teams to refine their game design skills as they apply graphic design, animation, audio and writing skills to create innovative games for education and entertainment. This project-based course enhances problem solving, project management, and communication skills through the analysis, design, construction, and critique of interactive games. Students will learn about career opportunities in game design and development and investigate the training and certification requirements.

 

Criminal Justice I

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: None

Students will learn principles, techniques, and practices for pursuing careers within security and the criminal justice services system.

 

Criminal Justice II

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Criminal Justice I

Students will learn principles, techniques, and practices for pursuing careers within security and the criminal justice services system.

 

Engineering Explorations I - Robotics

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Robotics

This course provides an orientation to the careers and challenges of engineering. Students are actively involved in hands-on activities in engineering graphics, machining, fluid power, electronics, materials testing, robotics, and computer technology. Through these activities students learn to solve problems by applying math and science principles. Students communicate information through seminars, technical reports and sharing ideas in-group activities.

 

Project Lead the Way - PLTW

PLTW - Intro to Engineering Design

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Must be completing college level sequence of math and science

In this foundation course in PLTW, students use 3-D computer modeling software as they learn the engineering-design process and solve design problems for which they develop, analyze, and create project modes.

 

+PLTW - Principles of Engineering

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Must be completing college level sequence of math and science

In this foundation course in PLTW, students explore the engineering profession and the fundamental aspects of engineering problem solving. Students study the historical and current impacts of engineering on society, including ethical implications. Mathematical and scientific concepts will be applied to fundamental engineering topics, including mechanics and electrical-circuit theory.

 

+PLTW - Civil Engineering & Architecture

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Must be completing college level sequence of math and science

Students explore architectural design foundations and increase understanding of working drawings, construction techniques, and codes regulating building design. They learn the design process and apply the elements and principles of design to architectural projects. Through producing models and illustrations of all aspects of a building, students create architectural design solutions using CAD (computer aided drafting and design).

 

Engineering Design and Development - (PLTW)

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Must have completed at least 3 PLTW courses or have teacher approval

In this capstone course in PLTW, teams of students, guided by community mentors, work together to research, design, and construct solutions to engineering problems. Students synthesize knowledge, skills, and abilities through an authentic engineering experience. Students are expected to develop and formally present an independent-study project and a team oriented project that are critiqued by an evaluation committee.

 

Related Electives

  • Design, Multimedia, and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Music Technology
  • Physics
  • AP Physics
  • AP Computer Science