10th Grade Principles of Engineering

PLTW: Principles Of Engineering

Course Description:

Principles of Engineering (POE) is a foundation course of the high school engineering pathway. This survey course exposes students to some of the major concepts that the will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. 

Students have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) learning. By solving rigorous and relevant design problems using engineering and science concepts within a collaborative learning environment, APB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal.

The PLTW Canvas Course:

Here at MLNDA all students will access the course via an online learning management site.  This online environment will deliver ALL course materials, texts, assignments, tests, grades, and more! Knowing how to navigate and use the Canvas LMS will be necessary and crucial to meet basic classroom requirements, and will make learning efficient and convenient as well for students. Furthermore, parents will be able to view and participate in their child's learning anytime, anywhere.

Principles of Engineering Syllabus 2019-2020

Students will be accessing and submitting signed copies of the course syllabus as a first assignment via Canvas. The activity is part of a larger initial assignment designed to help students and parents become familiar with the PLTW Canvas course. However, students and parents will find some core highlights from the syllabus attached below. 

Required Materials: 

      1. Engineer's Notebook: This is a BOUND composition notebook consisting primarily of graph paper. Attached below are some example products that are acceptable. 




  2. Pencils, erasers and pens. A set of drawing/sketching pencils with various weight leads is preferable. A good quality ink pen or two will be necessary. 

  3. flash drive is highly recommended to the point of being required. Students not saving and losing work is a serious problem every year. Students WILL be required to redo work that is lost which can be frustrating, and for big projects, devastating. PLEASE purchase a portable external drive which as much memory as possible. It will be useful for all classes. I highly recommend that students keep flash drives on some type of personal lanyard, with their school ID attached. That way it can be returned when they leave it behind somewhere (which happens A LOT!)

  4. Other optional, yet merely recommended items: The following items can make it easier for students to create exemplary work easier on their own time: 

 -small straight edge ruler and/or protractor
-sae/metric ruler combo
- colored pencils
-glue stick and transparent tape
-small manual pencil sharpener (or 2, one for colored pencils)
-circle and ellipse templates
-their own dial or digital calipers (again, optional)

Basic Classroom Policies and Grading Scheme:

Grading Policy

Initial Grading will take place in the PLTW LMS often and imported into Powerschool’s Gradebook as often as possible.

Formative and summative assessments are a part of every class at Nesbitt Discovery Academy; final grades are based on a ten point system as follows:



Grading Scale:

90– 100: A

80 – 89: B

70– 79: C

60 – 69: D

0 – 59: F


Attendance Policy

Students are only allowed five (5) absences per each semester. To be counted present in a class, the student must be in class for 2/3 of the class period.  Students are responsible for making up any days past the allotted 5 absences per semester.  For information about excused and unexcused absences, please refer to the student handbook.


Make-up Policy

The following procedure will apply to all courses:

After any absence, it will be the student’s responsibility to check with his/her teacher outside of class time for work missed and to schedule a time to make up all work including tests.

Projects and work assigned before absences should be turned in as soon as student returns to school.

If a student is absent for one (1) day, he/she will have two (2) days to make up homework, missed assignments and tests assigned during his/her absence.

If a student is absent two (2) or three (3) days, he/she will have four (4) days to make up homework, missed assignments and tests during his/her absence.

If a student is absent four (4) or more days, he/she will meet with each teacher for an individual arrangement for all make-up work.

For more information on attendance make-up if absent for more than six (6) days, please refer to the student handbook.


Classroom Expectations

Nesbitt Discovery Academy follows PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) guidelines in accordance with the US Department of Education.   All students are expected to:

BE RESPECTFUL:  arrive on time; exhibit polite, kind, and professional conduct with instructor and peers; respect others’ ideas.

BE RESPONSIBLE: work safely; keep organized; know when things are due and submit assignments and projects on time; contribute to your team equally and enthusiastically.

BE READY: know the course agenda, arrive prepared to work, cells on silent and away, focus on the task at hand.

Remote students are expected to be in zoom and participating with the discussions. It is the expectation that cameras will be on during the remote Zoom instruction portion of the class and faces visible. Students are expected to come back at the end of class with cameras on and faces visible to complete the class.