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Maryland CTE Program of Study

Project Lead The Way- Pre-Engineering (PLTW)

The Pre-Engineering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. Students complete foundation-level courses in Engineering, including Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Digital Electronics. Students then select an area of specialization, including Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering or Biotechnical Engineering. In the final course, students also complete an industry-mentored capstone project in Engineering Design and Development.

CTE Course Sequence

Principles of Engineering

This foundation course provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by tackling real-world engineering problems. Through theory and practical hands-on experiences, students address the emerging social and political consequences of technological change.

Introduction to Engineering Design

This foundation course emphasizes the development of a design. Students use computer software to produce, analyze and evaluate models of projects solutions. They study the design concepts of form and function, then use state-of-the-art technology to translate conceptual design into reproducible products.

Digital Electronics

From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

This pathway course teaches the fundamentals of computerized manufacturing technology. It builds on the solid-modeling skills developed in the Introduction to Engineering Design course. Students use 3-D computer software to solve design problems.

Civil Engineering and Architecture

This pathway 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.

Aerospace Engineering

The pathway course introduces students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Students in this course will apply scientific and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend systems in different environments.

Biological Engineering

This pathway course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in biology, physics, technology, and mathematics. It includes experiences from the diverse fields of bio-technology, bio-engineering, bio-medical engineering, and bio-molecular engineering.

Engineering Design and Development

This capstone course enables students to apply what they have learned in academic and pre-engineering courses as they complete challenging, self-directed projects. Students work in teams to design and build solutions to authentic engineering problems. An engineer from the school

Computer Science Principles

Using Python as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSP helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP Computer Science Principles.

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Technical Skill Assessment

Early College Credit (exam)

College Credit- PLTW