This semester course is part of the PLTW Engineering curriculum. Aerospace Engineering provides students with the fundamental knowledge and experience to apply mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles to the design, development, and evolution of aircraft, space vehicles and their operating systems.In the classroom, students will engage in creative thinking and problem-solving activities using software that allows students to design, test, and evaluate a variety of air and space vehicles, their systems, and launching, guidance and control procedures.

Students will build and test model rockets, gliders, airfoils, robots, wind turbines, and fiberglass composite samples. Students will also fly a plane in a flight simulator program, complete challenges with their robot, and use high-altitude ballooning to understand atmospheric conditions and characteristics. Students can expect to work with and/or be mentored by professionals in the aviation/ aerospace career field from around the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Students need to choose 2 of the following 3 courses (Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering) to make a full-year selection.

  • Grade: 11 or 12
  • 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
  • Algebra II  with a B- or better
  • 90% Attendance
  • Outside class Internet access is required.

PLTW Member School Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design PLTW
  • Principles of Engineering PLTW


  • Geometry
  • Physics (completed or concurrent enrollment)

Credits: 1.5 units

LSR7 Weighted: .666

College Credit:  College Credit may be available for qualifying students through participating universities accepting PLTW coursework, click here to learn more.

AP Courses + PLTW Combined Pathway-Designed for AP Students

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Hope Mackenzie

Digital Electronics