Wilmington High School Project Lead the Way adds capstone course

WHS seniors Logan Norman, Braydon Conley, Colin Barker, Dominick Walters and Cole Bernhardt.

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WHS juniors Brianna Brunke and Phil Fulton.

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Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the flagship course of Wilmington High School’s Project Lead the Way engineering program. This is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open technical problem by applying the engineering design process.

The course simultaneously applies and develops high school level knowledge and skills in math, science and technology. Using activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will conduct research to choose, validate and justify a technical problem.

After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solution.

Finally, teams of students will present and defend their original solution in front of an external panel.

While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with a mentor and community experts and continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, creative and problem-solving abilities, and understanding of the process. Design.

Brianna Brunke, a junior at WHS, is looking forward to starting her independent study project next year. She is excited to connect a STEM project that engineers are advancing in the humanities.

Brianna shares her interest in connecting with biomedical engineering and the humanities as a potential career path.

Elder Cole Burnhardt is grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the Project Lead the Way program at Wilmington High School for four years. Although he envisions a future career in finance, he said the experiences in PLTW have developed his ability to solve problems and look at things from multiple perspectives. He discovered that the first solution to a problem is not necessarily always the best solution.

Logan Norman, a senior at WHS, plans to serve in the United States Marine Corps after graduation. He will link his service to some type of engineering training; he said he enjoyed the basics he learned at the PLTW in Wilmington.

WHS seniors Logan Norman, Braydon Conley, Colin Barker, Dominick Walters and Cole Bernhardt.

WHS juniors Brianna Brunke and Phil Fulton.

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