Engineering has played a considerable roll in the technology education field for the past few years. It has filtered into our high school programs in many different ways. Complete courses and curriculums are devoted to engineering concepts. There are also courses offered in high schools where engineering topics are covered minimally. With the job force in the United States moving towards an informational age, high school technology courses are being designed with the same focus. One way that our schools are being influenced by the conversion to a more informational age is by implementing different engineering courses as stated above. Teaching engineering principles and concepts is one way that we as technology educators can help our students make the transition into the informational age. Some courses taught in the middle school and high schools are Principles of Engineering and the newly introduced curriculum of Project Lead the Way which is much more comprehensive.
Project Lead the Way
This curriculum was developed to help middle schools as well as high schools implement a more sophisticated program. This program is called Project Lead the Way. Project Lead the Way is an engineering based curriculum that gives technology students a taste of what the engineering field is all about. Project Lead the Way was first developed in the 1980's by Richard Blais who was then chairman of the Technology Department of a school district in upstate New York