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GHS to Partner with PLTW to Bring New Engineering and Computer Science Classes to its Curriculum

Students in a PLTW class

Beginning with the 2020 school year, Glenwood High School will partner with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), to offer new Engineering, and Computer Science electives for our students in grades 9-12. The first two classes in these sequences are: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), and Computer Science Essentials (CSE).

In Introduction to Engineering Design, students will use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. This is a full-year course.

The other, Computer Science Essentials, is also a year-long course that will introduce students to a diverse set of computational thinking concepts, fundamentals, and tools, allowing them to gain understanding and build confidence. In this course students will use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites, and learn how to make computers work together to put their design into practice. They'll apply computational thinking practices, build their vocabulary, and collaborate just as computing professionals do to create products that address topics and problems important to them.

In the 2021-22 school year, “Principles of Engineering,” and “Computer Science Principles” will be added. The curriculum continues in the years thereafter with further Computer Science/ Cybersecurity courses; and classes that delve into the specific engineering disciplines, such as aerospace, civil, architecture, etc.

“One of our strategic objectives is to increase the depth and breadth of our STEAM curriculum at every grade level,” says Dr. Douglas Wood, Ball-Chatham Superintendent. “We’ve made great strides in this objective - from implementing new FUSE classes and labs at the middle and intermediate schools, to delivering STEAM challenges and activities at each elementary school. Partnering with Project Lead the Way is a natural progression in bringing this type of curriculum to the next level - our high school students.”

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

“Another amazing benefit to partnering with PLTW, is that more than 100 colleges and universities are members of their network that actively recruit PLTW students.” says Dr. Wood. In fact, performance on the PLTW End-of-Course Assessment may result in students receiving dual credit, scholarships, or admissions preferences at various higher education institutions, workforce certifications, and/or internship and other employment opportunities with industry partners. To find college, career, and recognition opportunities available to PLTW students, visit the Student Opportunities page.

“We’re also looking to expand our PLTW opportunities in are area of Biomedical Science,” Dr. Wood adds. “Look for that curriculum in the next couple of years!”