Eric Walter From Cape Public Schools
"Before taking the Project Lead the Way classes, I was unsure what career path I wanted after high school. I was considering engineering so I decided to take the Intro to Engineering class. The class was not only informative but also fun. I learned a great deal about what engineers do and the different kinds of engineers. I had never taken a class like it before in high school. It was a truly unique class. It challenged both my problem solving skills and creativity. By the end of the two years that I had taken the classes, I knew that engineering was a career path that I wanted to pursue."
Currently attending Missouri S&T majoring in aerospace engineering
Brittany Moreland From Cape Public Schools
Mr. Sheridan's class was one of the most useful that I took in high school. I was able to learn new techniques and computer programs as well as improve on the things I already knew. I was able to immediately incorporate what I learned into other aspects of my life, such as classes as well as summer jobs. Anyone who might be interested in engineering or the sciences of any type should take an class of this kind. These classes are the best way to get a sneak peak in what these fields of work offer.
Currently attending Missouri S&T majoring in Biomedical engineering
"My name is Trenton Sanders and I am a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. During high school, I took Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering, both through Project Lead the Way. IED and POE were perfect fits for my interests and educational needs while in high school. Three of the best aspects of these classes, in my opinion, include the fact that they offer a change-of-pace from regular classes, they allow you to work hands-on with many different areas of engineering, and they help you decide if you want to go into engineering overall. The different areas of study found in these classes are vastly different from what can be found in other regular classes such as math or science. You will gain much knowledge in various subjects that were very interesting to me Also, The classes IED and POE help you decide if engineering is for you. By studying the various different kinds of engineering there are, you can decide if you want to be an engineer, and if so, what area to go into. As a freshman in college, I have already realized that plenty of the knowledge gained in these classes has helped better prepare me for what I face now. Whether it is machining tools, drafting, AutoCAD, or team design projects, I already have experience. If you are still not convinced that these classes will help you, if you take IED and POE, you can get credit for a college class. That alone is well worth it in my opinion. Add in all the knowledge and experience gained and you will realize that these classes are very good opportunities that should be taken advantage of."
I had heard a lot about the project lead the way classes from my friends, and I had some interest in possibly pursueing that as a career, so I decided to take all of the classes that were offered. They help me make my decision to work towards becomeing an engineer, and at the same time taught me a lot about what I could expect from the field of engineering while enjoying the time in class.
Dakota Counts Southeast Missouri State University
The classes I took from PLTW helped me out in furthering my decision to become an engineer. These two classes were Intro to Engineering Design and Principals of Engineering. First I took Intro to Engineering Design and began to learn what it was like to be a design engineer. We did this by using the Autodesk Inventor computer program which was the best part of the experience it gave you more options and was easy to understand and use. IED gave me a good foundation for the next class I took which was Principles of Engineering. POE went into much more depth with design and problem solving. This allowed me to get more involved with what I was designing and made me more interested in the PLTW program. Overall, I believe these classes were a great help in giving me that final nudge to my passion.
Chris Wade Currently attending Missouri S&T