Project: Principles of Engineering - Career & Ed Planning

Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

These students are enrolled in an engineering course under the direction of Tamara Hart at Prairie View High School in Henderson, CO. Many of them do not have many opportunities to connect with professionals in the fields in which they are interested. You can play a major role in helping these young people pursue their interests successfully through and beyond high school!


Student will develop a career and education portfolio (Note: the designation of weeks does not necessarily mean chronological weeks but rather the weeks of the project.) This project will occur within the context of the following course: PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING Grade 10,11,12 Two Semesters – 2 credits Prerequisite: Successful completion (C or better) in Introduction to Engineering. Principles of Engineering is designed to be the second course taken by PLTW students and uses project-based, hands-on experiences to teach students the key elements and skills of engineering and technology-based careers. Concepts in this course include communication and documentation, design process, engineering systems, statics and strength of materials, materials and material testing in engineering, engineering for reliability, and kinematics. This course explores technology systems, manufacturing processes, and addresses the social and political consequences of technological change. The application of physics, trigonometry, and applied sciences are integrated in the course to solve engineering problems. The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will be utilized to assist in completion of projects.


Students will identify careers to research; student will demonstrate ability to locate, identify, and interpret information; will generate choices and make career decisions based upon interests, abilities and values; students will design realistic education and career action plan to reach desired goal. The student will summarize the information gathered from the mentoring process in a career and education planning portfolio, or a written report; this will be presented at the end of the session.



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Career and Education Planning, Engineering

Student Outcomes:

Career and Education Planning, Engineering

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Students will use the project tracking system to evaluate their attainment of project outcomes. The student will complete an evaluation form about the telementoring project. The student and the mentor will evaluate their telementoring experience and provide recommendations for improving the project.

Teacher Role:

The teacher will act as the facilitator for the project and will monitor and supervise the telementoring relationship

Mentor Role:

Mentors are asked to maintain communication 2 times a week with the student; to act as adviser and provide encouragement and career awareness and collaborate with the student on the project.