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PLTW Courses Available

Courses offered at Southwest Valley High School

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We are proud to offer a fully implemented PLTW Engineering pathway with the availability for college credit upon completion of course requirements and passing the end of course exam.  Southwest Valley is also meeting the needs of students interested in the Biomedical Sciences fields as we are implementing the new PLTW Biomedical pathway.



Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)     2 semesters      Grades 9-12

Prerequisites:  None

Recommended: Geometry or Algebra I taken or concurrent

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 professional community.


Principles of Engineering (POE)                     2 semesters      Grades 9-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I (at least C-)

Recommended: Geometry or Algebra II taken or concurrent; IED

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.



Aerospace Engineering (AE)             2 semesters      Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I (at least C-) and Geometry (at least C-)

Recommended: Physics and Algebra II taken or concurrent; IED and POE

AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems.


Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)                2 semesters    Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I (at least C-) and IED

Recommended: Algebra II and Physics taken or concurrent; POE

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.


Digital Electronics (DE)                     2 semesters      Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I (at least C-)

Recommended: Algebra II and Physics taken or concurrent; IED and POE

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.



Engineering Design and Development (EDD)           1 semester       Grade 12

Prerequisites: IED, POE, and DE

Recommended: Algebra II and Physics taken or concurrent

NOTE: this is the only HS Engineering class that does NOT offer college credit.

In this capstone course, students work 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, students present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.  



Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)                       2 semesters      Grades 09-12

Recommended: Algebra I and Biology taken or concurrent; IED

In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.


Human Body Systems (HBS)                       2 semesters      Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I (at least C-) and Biology (at least C-)

Recommended: Algebra II and Chemistry taken or concurrent; IED

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.


Medical Interventions    To Be Determined                2 semesters      Grades 11-12

Capstone Course         To Be Determined                1 semester      Grade 12


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