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  • West Ada School District's PreEngineering Program is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) nationally certified program. The program was launched in the 2007-08 School Year and received national accreditation in 2010. PLTW is the nations' leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Throughout this program, the PLTW curriculum and professional development for instructors goal, is to help students develop the skills needed to perform and succeed in a global economy. What many students don't realize is that the field of Engineering needs creative minds along with good communication skills and the ability to work well with others. Engineering problem solving and innovation brings to life the use of math, science, physics and computing skills to accomplish the task at hand. Students in this program learn to create, design, test and problem solve as they move through the sequence of coursework offered. In 2015-16, PLTW curriculum was piloted at Barbara Morgan and Spalding the district's two elementary STEM academies and a grant has secured funding to add it at Desert Sage Elementary in 2016-17.  Students in any middle school can also elect to take a PLTW Gateway to Technology class to get a jump start. High School Pre-Engineering classes available are:

    Introduction to Engineering - a 9th grade class offered at each large home high school and at Renaissance High School 

    Principles of Engineering - a 10th grade class also offered at each large high school and at Renaissnace High School.

    Advanced classes taught at the CTE Center - Renaissance Campus are:

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

    Digital Electronics (DE)

    Civil Engineering and Architecture

    Aerospace Engineering

    Engineering Design and Development

    For complete details, see the current Course Description Handbook

    Also, available - Program Brochures