FREDERICKTOWN — Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering course of study, is alive and well in the Fredericktown schools. The series of courses gives students hands-on experience in applying math and science concepts to solving real-life problems. It also fosters teamwork and project-based learning.
The instructors for the program are Don DeMarco and Robert Miller.
All Fredericktown seventh- and eighth-graders participate in the middle school PLTW classes.
“Seventh- and eight-graders touch on all of the subjects that we teach at the high school level,” said Miller. “They do some robotics, they do some circuitry stuff, they do some sketching and learn about design processes.”
Although it is recommended that high school students take PLTW all four years, doing so is not a requirement. Freshmen or sophomores can take introduction to engineering design or principles of engineering, then go on to take digital electronics, civil engineering & architecture. The capstone course for senior year is engineering design and development.