What is PLTW?
PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Project Lead The Way provides a comprehensive approach to STEM Education. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.
Lehman High School offers 1st year students STEM curriculum through the PLTW Engineering program. High school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW provides opportunities in engineering, biomedical, and computer science curriculum for high school school students that challenges, inspires, and offers school's variety and flexibility. PLTW Engineering provides a strong foundation for STEM learning in high school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges, such as cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.
Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED) Course Description
This course exposes our students to the different opportunities in engineering and teaches them problem solving skills, which are high in demand across all career fields. Knowing how to approach problems is truly the best way to prepare our students for future challenges, technology, and opportunities that do not even exist right now in 2017. The major focus of IED is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED students will also develop project management skills while working in teams to strengthen their ability to successfully communicate, overcome “real world” challenges, and benefit from diversity. The software package used, Autodesk Inventor, is a 3D modeling software that will help prepare our students for the world of engineering while fostering their creativity and innovation. Students will also learn how to document their work, and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.