Course: SC452 Principles of Engineering (POE) TC

Grade: 9,10, 11, 12

Subject Area: Technology/Engineering

Type: Standard, Potential College Credit

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: Geometry

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2.  Principles of Engineering (POE) is a yearlong transcripted Project Lead The Way course designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students. This survey course exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation. Topics include mechanisms, electricity, energy, robotics, statics, materials, and kinematics. They will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. Accelerated credit is available to students upon successful completion of a PLTW portfolio at the end of either or both semesters. An end of the year assessment, which when passed and accompanied with a portfolio, serves as an AP credit at most accredited universities within the United States. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.


  • Design, create, test, and evaluate a compound machine design

  • Calculate the internal and external forces acting on a system based on statics

  • Relate knowledge of pneumatic and hydraulic power components to the manipulation of work and power

  • Utilize the design process to design a functioning system

  • Apply terminology associated with 3D drafting and design part creation and assembly

  • Utilize math and science skills and practices in assignments geared toward a design application

  • Organize and document learning process by creating and keeping an engineering notebook 

Notes: This course can fulfill either the CTE requirement or the Physical Science Credit.