Through the Career and Technical Education department we offer the following Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses:
- Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
- Principles of Engineering (POE)
- Digital Electronics (DE)
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
- Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
In addition to these courses, we also have an Engineering Club that participates in a varitey of competitions including VEX Robotics and SkillsUSA. We have been named as a PLTW Distinguished School for the past four years starting in 2017 through 2021
PLTW DIGITAL ELECTRONICS 573 SELC (ATP57300S)
GRADE: 11 12 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.00 GPA: Academic
This third course in the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic, utilize industry level circuit design and simulation tools, and wire and test circuits on pronto-boards. Students will gain experience with the components of digital circuit design including logic gates, integrated circuits, programmable logic devices, soldering, and microcontrollers such as the Arduino. Opportunity for admissions preference, scholarships and course credit through the Project Lead the Way network of post-secondary partners. Students taking Digital Electronics can also access four hours of tuition-free college level technology credit for successful completion of this course through Oakton dual credit (An application fee of $25 is required if students elect to receive college credit). This course fulfills the applied art graduation requirement.
PREREQUISITE: PLTW Principles of Engineering 273
PLTW ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 473 (ATP47300S)
GRADE: 11,12 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.0 GPA: Academic
In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.
PREREQUISITE: PLTW Principles of Engineering 273
PLTW INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN 173 SELC (ATP17300S)
GRADE: 9,10,11,12 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.0 GPA: Academic
This is the foundation course of the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program. In this course, students use 3D modeling design software to solve design problems as they develop, create, and analyze product models. The course encourages students to think like engineers and apply the engineering design process. Students document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Opportunity for admissions preference, scholarships and course credit through the Project Lead the Way network of post-secondary partners. Students taking Introduction to Engineering Design can also access four hours of tuition-free college level technology credit for successful completion of this course. (An application fee of $25 is required if students elect to receive college credit). This course fulfills the applied art graduation requirement.
PLTW PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING 273 (ATP27300S)
GRADE: 10,11,12 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.0 GPA: Academic
The second course in the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program provides students experience in various areas of engineering and physics. Students will apply their knowledge to solve engineering design problems with a large focus placed on the use of VEX Robotics and RobotC programming. Students will also explore topics related to energy sources and applications, manufacturing, fluid power, statics, kinematics and civil engineering. This course places a strong emphasis on collaboration and communication which are essential skills for all future engineering students. Opportunity for admissions preference, scholarships and course credit through the Project Lead the Way network of post-secondary partners. Students taking Principles of Engineering can also access four hours of tuition-free college level technology credit for successful completion of this course through Oakton dual credit (An application fee of $25 is required if students elect to receive college credit). This course fulfills the applied art graduation requirement.
PREREQUISITE: PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design 173
SELC AP BIOLOGY 283 (SEB28300S)
GRADE:11 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.00 GPA: Academic
SELC AP Biology is the third science course in the four year Science and Engineering Learning Community program of study. This laboratory science course will investigate major biological concepts such as ecology, cells, disease, genetics, DNA technologies, evolution, diversity of life, energy, and human body systems, and will do so through solving significant science and engineering challenges. The science-engineering integration continues as students in this course will also be enrolled in PLTW Digital Electronics 573. This course emphasizes skills and content required to perform successfully on the AP exam for this course given in May. The student may receive college credit, advanced college placement, or both depending on the exam score. Students taking this course have been admitted to the Science and Engineering Learning Community. This course fulfills the science graduation requirement. (This course will be new to the SELC in Fall 2020 pending Board approval.)
PREREQUISITE: SELC Chemistry Honors 173 and SELC Physics Honors 173
SELC CHEMISTRY HONORS 173 (SEC1730SS)
GRADE:10 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.00 GPA: Academic
Chemistry Honors is the second science course in the four year Science and Engineering Learning Community program of study. This accelerated chemistry laboratory science course stresses the development of problem-solving skills and careful data analysis through topics including stoichiometry, gases, atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics, solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, acid-base theory, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and some organic and biochemistry. These topics will be investigated through their connection with the PLTW Principles of Engineering 273 course in which students must also be enrolled. Students taking this course have been admitted to the Science and Engineering Learning Community. This course fulfills the science graduation requirement.
PREREQUISITE: SELC Physics Honors 173 Corequisite: PLTW Principles of Engineering 273 And next course in math sequence.
SELC PHYSICS HONORS 173 (SEP17300S)
GRADE: 9 LENGTH: 2 Sem CREDIT: 1.00 GPA: Academic
This laboratory course is the first science course in the four year Science and Engineering Learning Community science sequence. While students will investigate all major topics in a comprehensive first year physics course–optics, wave motion, Newton’s laws of motion, conservation energy, momentum and electricity–they will do so through an integrated approach with their concurrent PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design 173 course. While this class will present them with questions about how nature works, students will find answers to these questions as they apply the laws of physics to solve real-life engineering problems in both courses. Students taking this course have been admitted to the Science and Engineering Learning Community and will continue with SELC Chemistry Honors 173 and the PLTW Principles of Engineering 273 during their sophomore year. This course fulfills the science graduation requirement.
PREREQUISITE: Co-requisite: Geometry Honors 273 or higher Enrollment in PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design 173
The Glenbrook South High School Makerspace is a place where ideas become inventions. If you can dream it, you can make it. While we encourage all Glenbrook South High School students to take advantage of the Makerspace, only those currently enrolled in Project Lead the Way, CAD, or Architecture classes and have been trained how to use and have passed the safety exams are allowed to use the tools and equipment in the Makerspace. This includes, but is not limited to the tools and equipment listed on this website.
Makerspace Safety Rules and Procedures
Glenbrook South High School has developed these guidelines for those who currently, or might in the future, use tools and equipment in the Makerspace. These guidelines DO NOT serve as a replacement for formal training in lab techniques or shop safety. Only trained personnel should use shop tools and equipment after they have been trained by their instructor and passed the safety exam for that specific tool or equipment. Failure to follow the Makerspace Safety Rules and Procedures can result in being banned from using the Makerspace, serious injury, or death.
1. NEVER USE TOOLS OR EQUIPMENT IF YOU ARE NOT TRAINED – ALWAYS GET TRAINING BEFORE OPERATING ANY TOOL OR EQUIPMENT.
You must attend general safety training and specific training on the tool or equipment you intend to use. If you are unfamiliar with a particular tool or instrument, do not use it until you are properly trained on its usage.
2. NEVER WORK ALONE – ALWAYS USE “BUDDY SYSTEM”.
At least two people must be in the shop when power tools are being used.
3. NEVER USE MACHINE WHEN IMPAIRED – BE SOBER AND SMART.
This includes when you are sick, too tired, stressed or hurried to work carefully or on medication that could make you drowsy.
4. NEVER START WORK IF YOU CANNOT DO THE JOB SAFELY- JUST DON’T DO IT.
There are limits to what we can build here, and how safely you can do it in a hurry.
5. NEVER WEAR OPEN TOE SHOES -USE CLOSED-TOE SHOES IN THE SHOP.
Tools, chips and fixtures are sharp, and often hot. Shoes will help protect your feet from injury. Leather shoes are preferred when welding.
6. ALWAYS WEAR APPROPRIATE SAFETY GLASSES OR GOGGLES WHEN WORKING OR CLEANING TOOLS.
Prescription glasses with plastic lenses must meet ANSI Standard Z87.1 for safety.
7. NEVER WORK WITH LOOSE HAIR, JEWELRY, ETC. –ALWAYS REMOVE OR SECURE ANYTHING THAT MIGHT GET CAUGHT IN MOVING MACHINERY.
Long hair must be tied back. Necklaces, draw strings, ties, dangling ID badge, jewelry, loose clothes, watch or rings, may get caught in tools can drag you along resulting in serious injury or death.
8. ALWAYS WEAR SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS OR ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
Long sleeve shirts must be rolled up to avoid getting caught in tools or equipment.
9. NEVER WEAR EARBUDS OR HEADPHONES WHEN WORKING
Earbuds and headphones can get caught in tools and equipment as well as limit your ability to hear what is going on around you.
10. NEVER BRING HANDS CLOSE TO SHARP OBJECTS – ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HANDS AT A SAFE DISTANCE FROM SHARP TOOLS.
Use appropriate safety guidelines and equipment (i.e. clamps, push sticks and push blocks) when working with small material.
11. NEVER CREATE A DUSTY AND SMOKY ENVIRONMENT – DUST, CHEMICALS AND SMOKE CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH, SO WORK IN WELL-VENTILATED AREAS, MINIMIZE CONTAMINATION AND USE APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE).
Ensure the shop is well ventilated and appropriate PPE is used when working with machines.
12. NEVER BE SHY TO SEEK HELP –ALWAYS ASK IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE SAFE OPERATION OF A TOOL OR ANY ASPECT OF A JOB – HAVE SHOP STAFF CHECK THE TOOL OR WORK WITH WHICH YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR.
Exercise common sense and clarify before starting work
13. NEVER LEAVE YOUR WORK AREA IN MESS – ALWAYS CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.
Before you leave your work site all tools must be returned, the machines cleaned, and the floor swept. Leave 5-10 minutes for cleanup at the end of each block.
14. NEVER REMOVE SAFETY GUARDS – THEY ARE PRESENT FOR A REASON
You must ensure that safety guards are in place before you start working.
15. NEVER USE GLOVES WHILE USING ROTATING EQUIPMENT – REMOVE THEM BEFORE STARTING WORK.
Gloves can get entangled in rotating machine parts resulting in serious injuries.
16. NEVER LEAVE BROKEN OR DAMAGED TOOLS OR ABNORMAL EQUIPMENT UNREPORTED – ALWAYS INFORM YOUR SUPERVISOR/ TEACHER TO REMOVE THAT FROM SERVICE AND GET IT REPAIRED.
Broken parts or equipment can result in serious injuries and delays. Make sure you tag the broken or damaged equipment and inform your supervisor or teacher to get it repaired before next use.
17. NEVER MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO A MACHINE WHEN IT IS IN OPERATION. BEFORE MAKING ADJUSTMENTS ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR/ TEACHER FOR PERMISSION.
Make sure you are competent and have permission from your supervisor/ teacher. Ensure the power is off, equipment is properly locked out and safety devices are in place.
Who is eligible to take PLTW courses?
Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Who will be teaching the course?
Glenbrook South Applied Technology teachers: Mike Sinde, Justin Zummo, Michael Stancik and Neil Schmidgall.
Will there be a lot of homework?
It is common practice for students to have adequate time during class to work on their projects and assignments. However, there may be opportunities to extending your learning outside of the classroom.
What if a student is absent for an extended period of time?
Any absence that extends longer than one week should be handled like any other class that takes place in a lab environment. Counselors and parents will consult with the teacher for an alternative assignment to ensure the student has an opportunity to engage in the curriculum and be adequately assessed.
What if a student does not continue into the second semester of the course?
Students are encouraged to complete the full one-year curriculum. By dropping the course mid-year you forfeit your ability to earn college credit.
How does a student earn college credit for this course?
Students will take an End Of Course exam at the end of 2nd semester that is provided by PLTW. Students will need to earn a stanine score of 6 or higher in order to qualify. For further information please visit the PLTW website.