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(Project Lead the Way 1999-2003).  Mr. Blais worked with numerous people at different levels of education to develop and implement this program.  He worked with different representatives from the state as well as representatives from the higher educational communities (Project Lead the Way September 1999-2003).  Mr. Blais and his staff began to develop and revise the program and its curriculum to ensure it met all of their goals.  The program takes four years to complete and it is comprised of  five courses.  The curicculum  is based mainly on engineering concepts.  The courses are Introduction To Engineering Design (Design and Drawing For Production, NYS), digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design And Development.  When they were done with developing the program the team fielded tested it to determine whether it met the predetermined goals.  

“Project Lead the Way,PLTW,  has developed a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The courses are Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development. Introduction at this level will attract more students to engineering, and will allow students, while still in high school, to

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