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Principles of Engineering

PLTW Principles of Engineering

Principles Of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through creative problem-solving.  

To be successful in POE, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. 

Ideas we will study:
Mechanisms and Machine Control - we will build and program machines to solve problems (building a marble sorter)
Energy Sources - we'll build a hydrogen cell car
Energy Applications - breadboards and circuit design
Fluid Power - you'll get a good grasp of hydraulics
Statics - build, test and price a bridge
Material Properties and Testing 
Statistics - like you've never seen in Math class
Kinematics - Angry Birds, rocketry and projectile motion

Why take the class?

  • It is challenging and fun.
  • Participate in a hands-on, activity oriented program.
  • Earn college credit.
  • Explore careers where a national employment shortage exists
  • Explore careers where pay scales are among the highest levels for entry level professionals

Course Information

College Credit