Project Lead the Way

The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, and engineering standards. The course applies and develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing bridges the gap between concept and reality. Students learn to prototype their designs using highly sophisticated equipment and software. CIM students will learn to use the laser engraver, 3-axis CNC milling machine, 3-D printer, robotic arms, and more.

This course provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by solving real-world problems through hands-on activities in a variety of engineering disciplines. Units of study include simple/compound machines; energy and energy transfer devices; machine control; materials & structures; fluid power; electrical circuits; kinematics and more.

Aerospace Engineering exposes students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Lessons engage students in engineering design problems such as, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, materials and structures, and systems engineering. Students work hands on to build and test their solutions to these design problems.

In Civil Engineering and Architecture students learn project planning, site planning, and building design. Areas of study include; hydrology, transportation, and structural design and stress analysis. With the latest government funding of infrastructure improvements, Civil Engineering is an exploding field of opportunity and this class will give you an excellent exposure to it.

In Digital Electronics, students learn about electrical theories, laws, concepts, combinational and sequential logic, the design process, communication methods, engineering standards, and documentation methods.. Students experience a variety of hands-on activities that includes soldering and breadboarding circuits; Ohm's Law problems; circuit simulations; and building, testing and troubleshooting various digital logic circuits.

This course will develop computational thinking skills in order to solve problems occuring in the real world. Students will eventually code their own applications and games, including the creation of android applications for use on a provided Android smart phone or tablet. Students will also have the opportunity to create interactive web 2.0 software.

This course allows students a once in a lifetime opportunity to work freely on a research and development project. Students define a problem and work in teams to create a functional prototype to solve it. Students use experience they have gained from other PLTW courses to complete their assignments.


Wilson School District is a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) school. Project Lead the Way is a national program designed to encourage and prepare students for the fields of engineering and technology. Through this curriculum, students are exposed to a rigorous, hands-on learning experience. Students learn theory which allows them to solve technological problems in an innovative way. Students learn to use the design process to develop new and innovated ways to solve challenges; and students develop prototypes to learn materials processes and test their designs. Wilson offers a Gateway to Technology class to introduce students in the Junior High School to PLTW. In High School students can take a variety of engineering classes including: Introduction to Engineering Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace, and Engineering Design and Development. Students who are interested in the Project Lead the Way program are encouraged to take as many of the courses as possible. Click here to enter the Wilson Engineering Academy. If you have questions about Project Lead the Way or Wilson's Engineering Academy, please contact Mr. Dennes.