In the 2014-2015 school year, Exeter SHS began its pilot year with the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. PLTW is a STEM-based curriculum that blends the hands-on, project-based learning of a Technology Education class with the academic rigor and standards of a core content academic class. If you would like to learn more about the PLTW program, please visit the Project Lead the Way
Currently we have 5 course offerings within the PLTW Engineering pathway. All PLTW courses are honors-level courses. Students begin by taking Introduction to Engineering Design (IED). Typically taken as a freshman, this course is available to all students at Exeter SHS, 9-12. After successful completion of IED, students move on and take the Principles of Engineering (POE) course. This course is only available to those students who successfully complete the IED course and is typically taken as a sophomore. Following successful completion of our Foundations courses, IED and POE, students have the option of taking one of several elective courses both within, and outside the PLTW pathway. Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and Computer Science Engineering (CSE) are both electives within the PLTW pathway available to students. CEA is only available to students upon successful completion of IED and POE, CSE however, can be taken as a stand-alone elective. Students also have a number of alternative electives available to them outside of the PLTW pathway such as materials, web design, drafting and CAD, photography, and electricity/electronics. Engineering Design and Development is the capstone course within our PLTW pathway and is only available to seniors who have successfully completed IED and POE. Further description of each of these courses is listed below.
PLTW Course Offerings:
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): IED is the first of the two Foundations courses within the PLTW pathway. In IED, students learn to use the Design Process to approach problem solving and critical thinking challenges. Students learn to communicate and document their ideas through the use of the Engineer's Notebook. They also learn to work with 21st century technologies such as 3D CAD modeling software and 3D printing technology. This course is typically taken as a freshman but is available to all SHS students 9-12.
Principles of Engineering (POE): POE is the second of the two Foundations courses within the PLTW pathway. This course is only available to those students who successfully complete the IED course. In POE, students apply mathematic and scientific principles, concepts, and formulas to engineering-based challenges. In the first half of the course, students learn the basics of mechanisms, electricity, structures and statics. The second half of the course deals primarily with automation and robotics, teaching students the basics of computer programming. Students use the VEX robotics kits to build solutions to automation and robotics challenges. This course is typically taken as a sophomore but is available to any SHS student, 9-12, who has successfully completed IED.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA): CEA is one of the Elective courses within the PLTW pathway. This course is only available to those students who successfully complete the IED and POE courses. In CEA, students learn about basic concepts of architecture and civil engineering including structures, site planning and analysis, and floor planning. Students utilize architectural 3D modeling software to create and analyze in-depth models of structures, as well as create scale models of structures in order to learn about and examine their design and function. The course culminates with a large-scale architectural/civil design challenge that is presented at Exeter's STEM Trade Show in the Spring Semester. This course is typically taken as a junior but is available to any SHS student, 10-12, who has successfully completed IED and POE.
Computer Science Engineering (CSE): CSE is one of the Elective courses with the PLTW pathway. In CSE, students learn the basic of computer programming. Starting with Q Basic, students learn basic commands, syntax, and programming structure through program design challenges. This course is available to any SHS student, 9-12.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD): EDD is the capstone course of our PLTW pathway. This course is only available to seniors who have successfully completed the IED and POE courses. EDD is an open-ended design challenge course in which students form groups and find a problem or challenge from their community/world. Students then use the Design Process to create a solution to the problem or challenge they have identified. Each group's solution is presented at Exeter's STEM Trade Show in the Spring Semester. This course is only available to seniors who have successfully completed the IED and POE courses.
Further information about each of these courses can be found in the Soaring Eagle
. More information about Exeter's STEM Program can be found on the STEM Program