LADUE - Project Lead the Way
Ladue Schools began implementation of the Engineering Program from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in the 2012-2013 school year. Students at Ladue High School now have the opportunity to enroll in courses from all three pathways. From the PLTW website, "Project Lead The Way offers a different approach to learning and teaching. Through activity-, project-, 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. For teachers, our engaging, rigorous professional development model provides tools to empower students and transform the classroom into a collaboration space where content comes to life. PLTW curricular programs include PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Science, and PLTW Computer Science."
PLTW Courses at Ladue High School
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Description: Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Description: Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
Description: This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.
Environmental Sustainability (ES)
Description: In ES, students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges.
Capstone - Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
Description: The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
Hannah Behr - IED, POE, and DE
Rachel Garavaglia - POE
Charles Harrison - IED and EDD
Abigail Hawkens - PBS and ES
Molly Mannix - PBS
Allen Weltig - HBS and MI
Garret White - IED and CSP
Rich Witt - AE
Engineering Pathway Flow Chart
Year 1: Introduction to Engineering
Year 2: Principles of Engineering
Year 3: Specialization Course (Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Sustainability, Digital Electronics)
Year 4: Capstone - Engineering Design and Development
Biomedical Pathway Flow Chart
Year 1: Principles of Biomedical Science
Year 2: Human Body Systems
Year 3: Medical Interventions (Starting 2019)
Computer Science Pathway Flow Chart
Year 1: Intro to Computer Science (Not a PLTW Course)
Year 2: Computer Science Principles
Year 3: AP Computer Science (Not a PLTW Course)