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Project Lead The Way offers a different approach to learning and teaching. Through activities, projects, 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... (PLTW.org)

PLTW Gateway
PLTW Launch

At Plymouth Community School Corporation, Kindergarten through 12th grade is participating in PLTW:

Launch Program in Kindergarten through 5th Grades

Launch - Curriculum

Gateway Program in Grade 7 and Grade 8

  • PLTW 1: Design and Modeling
  • PLTW 2: Automation and Robotics
  • PLTW 3: Pathway to PLTW
  • PLTW Medical Detectives

Adding classes for the 2015-2016 School Year:

  • PLTW Computer Science
  • PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (High School credit)

Project Lead The Way Engineering courses at Plymouth High School

PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design A/B (51071, 51072)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None
This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit

An introductory course which develops student problem solving skills with emphasis placed on the development of three-dimensional solid models.  Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package.  They will learn a problem solving design process and how it is used in industry to manufacture a product.  The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design.  The techniques learned, and equipment used, is state of the art and is currently being used by engineers throughout the United States.  

PLTW Principles of Engineering A/B (51073, 51074)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits
Grade Level:  10– 12
Prerequisite: PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design A/B

This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit

Principles of Engineering is a broad-based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students will develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers. They will also learn how engineers address concerns about the social and political consequences of technological change.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (51077, 51078)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Engineering A/B
This course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit

Computer Integrated Manufacturing is a course that applies principles of rapid prototyping, robotics, and automation. This course builds upon the computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction of Engineering Design. Students will use computer controlled rapid prototyping and CNC equipment to solve problems by constructing actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of robotics and how this equipment is used in an automated manufacturing environment. Students will evaluate their design solutions using various techniques of analysis and make appropriate modifications before producing their prototypes.

PLTW Digital Electronics A/B (51075, 51076)

2 Semesters – 2 Credits
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Engineering A/BThis course is offered for Ivy Tech dual-credit

Digital Electronics Technology is a course of study in applied digital logic that encompasses the design and application of electronic circuits and devices found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices. Instruction includes the application of engineering and scientific principles as well as the use of Boolean algebra to solve design problems. Using computer software that reflects current industry standards, activities should provide opportunities for students to design, construct, test, and analyze simple and complex digital circuitry.

PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences (73050-73051)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits
Grade Level: 9 or permission from instructor
Prerequisite: Biology I or concurrent enrollment in Biology I required

PLTW Principles of the Biomedical Sciences provides an introduction to this field through “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts included in the curriculum are: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Engineering principles such as the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function will be included where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.

PLTW Human Body Systems (73350-73351)

2 Semesters - 2 Credits
Grade Level: 10
Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences

PLTW Human Body Systems is a course designed to engage students in the study of basic human physiology and the care and maintenance required to support the complex systems. Using a focus on human health, students will employ a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems. Students will use appropriate software to design and build systems to monitor body functions.