APA embraced the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering curriculum when we started the school in 2007. The founders saw PLTW as an essential component to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing. PLTW is offered to all of the students at APA and gives them foundational skills in Engineering Design, applied math and problem solving. The three courses offered at this time are: Introduction to Engineering Design - focusing on the design process and the acquisition of sketching and AutoCAD Inventor skills to design products; Principles of Engineering - focusing on the core engineering disciplines of civil, electrical, mechanical and computer engineering, and; Computer Integrated Manufacturing that combines robotics, engineering design and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining skills.
A video about a Puzzle Cube Challenge that taught the fundamentals of engineering.
For more information: http://www.pltw.org/