TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PATHWAYS
The Utah Pre-Engineering Pathway is a set of four rigorous courses that introduce students to the world of engineering and engineering technology.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering pathways is a nationally developed curriculum that puts students through four or five rigorous courses. The courses are designed to give students relevant engineering experiences where they use language arts, math, and science concepts in real-world applications and settings.
Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. In Utah, it is one of the fastest growing industries, having a projected growth rate of 2 percent through the year 2018, creating approximately 14,000 jobs. Due to the expansion of jobs in the technical fields and the increasing numbers of engineers who are retiring, the number of job openings in technology and engineering is increasing. There is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field at a time when technology is reinventing itself every few years.
Below are the two Pathways in Technology and Engineering Education:
Our vision is to see that every student receives the academic knowledge and technical skills needed to be successful in the technology and engineering career of his or her choice, by combining engineering principles, mathematics, and science courses that result in a logical thought process. Technology and Engineering Education students will develop essential career preparation skills through technical and academic courses, as well as personal leadership opportunities.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION
In 2010, Technology and Engineering students competed in the first VEX robotics competition hosted by the College of Engineering at Utah State University. Seven schools fielded ten engineering teams who developed radio controlled vehicles to compete in a challenging robotic tournament. The winning teams competed in the 2010 National Vex Robotics Competition.
In June 2010, Matt Ettinger, of Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, placed first at the national TSA “Swept Away” robotics competition, in partnership with VEX. Jeffrey, Matt’s 12-inch robot, was recognized as superior to the other designs, winning each of its 14 competitions.
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY
CAREER PREPARATION/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Last year, 891 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Technology and Engineering, indicating a high level of performance.
STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIP
Updated April 11, 2011
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