PLTW Teacher, Cisco Academy Instructor, TSA Advisor
from Western Kentucky University
B.S. Industrial Technology Education
Master Degree in Education Administration
Project Lead the Way - Certified Teacher - IED, POE, DE,
CEA, and EDD
Enjoys wakeboarding on Rough River Lake when not at school.
Student Career Majors:
VEX ROBOTICS TEAM
To Engineering | High School Engineering Program
The PLTW Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program is a sequence of courses, which
follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning.
Throughout PTE, students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong
teamwork and communication proficiency and develop organizational,
critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. They discover the answers to
questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products?
Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like
Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and
space life sciences. Hello, NASA. Students apply biological and engineering
concepts related to biomechanics – think robotics. They design, test and
actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and
work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project. It’s STEM education
and it’s at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.
Central Hardin High School PLTW offers 2 Foundation Courses, 2 Specialized
Courses, and 1 Capstone Course.
PTE courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses and can
serve as the foundation for STEM-centered or specialized academies. The program
is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers
in STEM-related fields.
- Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
- Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is 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 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
- Principles of Engineering (POE)
- Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, this survey course exposes
students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary
engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics,
materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply
their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various
challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
- Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and
architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of
residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition,
students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for
major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to
their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and
architects. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.
- Digital Electronics (DE)
- Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices
such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras
and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process
of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and
technical documentation. This course is designed for 10th or 11th grade
- Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
- In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop
an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying
the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose,
validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the
problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working
closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities.
Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an
outside panel. This course is appropriate for 12th grade students.
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