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Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.  The process begins in middle school with Gateway to Technology (GTT).  Information on GTT can be found HERE. Upon entering high school, students will begin the Pathway to Engineering. For more information on the Pathway to Engineering through PLTW, click HERE.  

The Introduction to Engineering Design is the first foundation class in the Pathway to Engineering.  This class is the first of a series for students who plan on persuing a career in Engineering and/or Design. It is designed for 9th or 10th grade students, and focuses heavily on the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software (AutoDesk Inventor and AutoCAD) to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. To view a copy of the course syllabus and curriculum, click HERE.

For those considering the Biomedical Science Pathway, more information can be found HERE.

Upon completion of the IED course, students should continue the PLTW curriculum by signing up to take the Principles of Engineering (POE) course.

Train and Track Rendering

Puzzle Cube Design and Packaging

3D Parametric Modeling


Instant Challenge: Reverse Engineering: Students were asked to reverse engineer and check tolerances on parts made by my Automated Manufacturing class.



Engineering Notebook

Drawing and Sketching 

Orthographic Projections and Isometric Views 


Design Process 


Instant Challenge: Marshmallow Structure:  Students were challenged based on the popular activity.  For more info, click HERE.


Virtual Design

• Product Improvement 
• Virtual Design Challenge 
• Product Life Cycle 
• Ethics 
• Teamwork 
• Virtual Design 
• Evolution of a Product 


For more information and an overview of Project Lead the Way, click HERE