The PLTW engineering
curricular program is a high school program of study including courses that prepare students for college majors in engineering and engineering technology fields, or other post-secondary experiences related to engineering. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.
Plexus Corporation has been a huge supporter of our program. With their donations we have purchased a laser engraver and 3D printers for our engineering laboratory. Plexus engineers also serve as excellent mentors to our senior design students.
Front Range Community College & Amgen:
Front Range Community College has provided hundreds of dollars worth of genetic engineering materials through Amgen corporation. This partnership provides our students with the opportunity to do genetic engineering. Students cut apart DNA plasmids and rejoin them together to form a new plasmid that produces a florescent protein, visible under ultraviolet light.
Multisource provides high-end contract machining, as well as mechanical and electromechanical assembly services, including medical instruments and image-guided surgical devices. We are lucky to have them as neighbors here in Lafayette. The tour they give us of their facility is a perfect complement to our Robotics classes where students learn CNC milling, how to program, and use the robotic arm to manipulate parts-- just like in a manufacturing line.
Jerome Rikfin, the CEO or Tenspro Prosthetics, has been a guest speaker for our biotech class since 2011. He brings in a fascinating story about entrepreneurship and biomedical engineering as he describes the development of his revolutionary prosthetic foot.
Level 3 Communications:
Kim Uribes (an Engineering parent) submitted a grant proposal through the ‘Level 3 Gives’ program at Level 3 Communications. Centaurus Engineering was awarded the grant and purchased two 3D printers.
Jerry Oglesbee donated a large format HP Plotter to Centaurus Engineering and Jordan Philip from The Wired Connection helped with the installation.