Student Testimonials

“PLTW Engineering is a fun hands-on learning experience. You get to be close with your teachers over the 4 years you have with them and your fellow classmates. You’re free to your own mind on what to build during your projects, and it’s kinda like art class but in its own simplistic form. I think that everyone that is thinking about taking this course should go for it 100%!”

-Rayan Kasbi (HHS Class of 2025)

Program Overview

 

 

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nationally recognized provider of rigorous curriculum in Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science.

In the HHS PLTW Engineering/ Manufacturing Program students use professional lab equipment, expert guidance from teachers and their own curiosity to explore aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering as well as electronics, solve real-world problems, and prepare for college and careers in engineering and technology. Along the way, students engage in career awareness & exploration, interact with guest presenters from local companies and organizations, visit colleges & university engineering programs, tour business facilities, and earn industry-recognized credentials.  Students complete a specific four-year sequence of PLTW courses in parallel with HHS science courses (see sample schedules below).

Admission to the HHS PLTW Engineering Program occurs through  an application process (see the tab above) in students’ eighth grade.  By accepting admission to this Program, students agree to making a four year commitment to completing this course of study. HHS students not enrolled in the Haverhill Public Schools in the eighth grade should contact the Program leaders to review options for enrolling in Engineering courses.

Skills Development

In this program, students will develop the following engineering design process skills:

  • Design of mechanical products/ systems to solve a problem
  • Brainstorm improvements to a mechanical consumer product based on reverse engineering
  • Work collaboratively on a design team to design a solution to a problem
  • Improve a system design that converts electrical energy to mechanical energy
  • Justify material choice in the design of a solution
  • Improve the efficiency of a solution by modifying hardware and software
  • Design a circuit to meet voltage, current or resistance design requirements.

In this program students will also develop the following computational and analytical skills,

  • Collect and analyze data to make predictions and inform engineering decisions
  • Perform precision measurement using common engineering tools
  • Optimize the structure and/ or function of a mechanical system
  • Solve for external and internal forces of a given truss
  • Use Kirchoff’s Law to calculate current, resistance, and voltage in a circuit
  • Write programming code for a project involving a sequence or system of tasks
  • Translate circuit designs, truth tables, design requirements into logic expressions

Program Course Progressions

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (9th Grade) – Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
  • Principles of Engineering (10th Grade) – Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.
  • Digital Electronics (11th Grade) – Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.
  • Industry Credentials Acquisition (12th Grade) – Students deepen existing knowledge and skill sets in order to earn the relevant industry credentials to be determined.
  • Capstone (12th grade) – In the Capstone course students complete a project on a real-world biomedical science topic that incorporates much of the content that they have learned over the previous three school years.

 

Sample Four-Year Student Schedule

Click this link for a PDF version of the PLTW Engineering/ Manufacturing Four Year Schedule

Industry Connections

Industry-Recognized Credentials

  • Autodesk Fusion 360

Local Industry Partners

  • MassHire
  • Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
  • Straumann, Andover

College & Career Trajectories – Training and Jobs After High School

Click this link for a PDF version of the PLTW Engineering/ Manufacturing College & Career Trajectories

Massachusetts State College & University Two-Year and Four-Year Degree Programs in Engineering and Manufacturing

Northern Essex Community College (Haverhill & Lawrence, MA)

One-Year Certificate and Two-Year Degree Programs

  • Advanced Manufacturing Precision Machining
  • Computer Assisted Drafting
  • Electronic Equipment Technology
  • Test B Electronic Equipment Technology (Raytheon)
  • Engineering Science (A2B link only)
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Technology

 

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Four-Year Degree Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

 

University of Massachusetts – Boston

Four-Year Degree Programs

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Physics

 

(A2B): MA Associate 2 Bachelor – These programs are specifically mapped out for students to earn an Associate (two year) degree at Northern Essex Community College (Haverhill, MA) and then transfer to a state college or university to complete a Bachelor (four year) degree. Counselors at NECC can assist with planning out the appropriate sequence of courses and transfer of credits.

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

Four-Year Degree Programs

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
    • Nanotechnology Engineering Option
    • Nuclear Engineering Option
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering

 

University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth

Four-Year Degree Programs

  • Bioengineering
    • Biomedical Concentration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
    • Cybersecurity Concentration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Manufacturing Concentration

 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Four-Year Degree Programs

  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Marine Engineering

 

Bridgewater State University

Four-Year Degree Programs

  • Photonics and Optical Engineering
  • Physics