Career & Technical Education

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Plano ISD Career & Technical Education Engineering Courses

This page contains information and promotional resources to aid our counselors, students, parents and administration as our district implements these courses. Please contact Karen Buechman ( with any questions or assistance you need.

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

The PLTW comprehensive curriculum, collaboratively developed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators, emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving.

PLTW Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)   

Engineering Science (receives science credit) (was formerly titled POE)

Digital Electronics (DE)    

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Engineering Design & Development (EDD)   

For course descriptions, prerequisites, and more information, please see the Plano ISD Course Catalog.

Middle School Course (receives high school elective credit)

80927B                    Gateway to Technology – Design & Modeling/Automation & Robotics   

Prerequisite:          None                                   Grade 8                               .5 credit (1 semester)          
In this hands-on course, students learn how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems. This math, science, and technology integrated program relates technology to student’s daily lives. Design and Modeling will introduce students to the design process and use that process to show how solid modeling has influenced their lives. Students will also explore the history and development of automation and robotics while learning about structures, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. This mathematics, science and technology curriculum helps students develop and hone skills that enable them to enter high school with a foundation of the knowledge and skills necessary for success in pre-engineering. This is Plano ISD’s first “Project Lead The Way” course. PLTW is a nationally recognized program that promotes pre-engineering courses at the middle and high school/senior high level. Students will receive high school credit and high school grade points. This course may not be offered at all campuses. Please see the school counselor for more information.

Middle School "Letter to Parent for Middle School Gateway to Technology"

PLTW Brochures

CTE Engineering Brochure

Engineering Interest and other Web Resources

Check out these resources to find out more about engineeering!


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