Project Lead the Way


Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is now being offered at Greenfield High School.  PLTW is the nation's leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for middle schools and high schools.  The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in the STEM related fields.

During the 2010-11 school year, Greenfield High School is launching the first of four high school courses under PLTW.  Principles of Engineering explores the wide variety of careers in engineering and technology and covers various technology systems and manufacturing processes.  Using activities, projects and problems, students learn first hand how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process to benefit society.  The course also addresses concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. 

Three other PLTW courses will be launched in the next three school years.  Thus far, there has been a great deal of student interest in PLTW.  This year alone, 70 students are enrolled in Principles of Engineering and will earn a science elective credit while the course helps to prepare them for post-secondary educational opportunities. 

PLTW will be launched at Greenfield Middle School beginning with the 2012-13 school year with Gateway to Technology courses.  These courses are five independent units taught over the course of nine weeks in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum.

About PLTW
IGNITING IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION THROUGH LEARNING.
Course Roll-out at Greenfield High School

Year Two (2011-2012): Introduction to Engineering Design (9-12)

Prerequisites: Algebra and Biology Concurrently 

Students use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones. They learn how to apply this model to solve problems in and out of the classroom. Using sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software, students communicate the details of the products. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas

Year One (2010-2011): Principles of Engineering (10-12)

Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra One and Geometry

This introductory course explores the wide variety of careers in engineering and technology and covers various technology systems and manufacturing processes. Using activities, projects, and problems, students learn first hand how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology in an engineering problem-solving process to benefit people. The course also addresses concerns about social and political consequences of technologic

Year Four (2013-2014) – Biotechnical Engineering (11-12)

Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra II

Students are exposed to the diverse fields of bio-technology including bio-medical engineering and genetics, bio-process engineering, agricultural and environmental engineering. Lessons engage students in engineering design problems that can be accomplished in a high school setting. Such problems will relate to biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, agricultural biotechnology, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, human interface, bioprocesses, forensics, and b

Year Three (2012-2013) – Digital Electronics (11-12)

Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra II

This course in applied logic encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Students use computer simulation software to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits an