Higley High School’s Project Lead The Way Engineering Program produced the highest scores in Arizona this year on the Career and Technical Education State Assessment.
This spring, 100 percent of the Higley High students who took the exam passed. Students must complete three years of engineering courses at the high school in order to be eligible to sit for the exam. Higley High School offers an Engineering Program of Study which makes for a smooth transition to the university.
Next year the Engineering Program is partnering with Embry-Riddle University to offer dual credit (3 university credits) for Honors Intro to Engineering and (3 university credits) for Honors Principles of Engineering.
Higley High students who wish to pursue dual credit will only pay at the community college rate of approximately $81 per credit hour vs. $975 per credit hour. The classes are open for 9th -12th grade students.
Students learn hands-on project-based problem solving skills as they learn the engineering design process. They use Auto Desk to design their project and then are able to print it on the 3-D Printer.
Higley High’s Engineering teachers launched an after-school engineering club this year to encourage additional learning opportunities.
Students may want to consider a path toward a S.T.E.M.-A.H.E.D. diploma, which would demonstrate experience in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math field as they move forward in their post-secondary planning.
Project Lead the Way is a nationally-recognized engineering curriculum taught by staff members who have engineering degrees and experience in the field.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private university with a campus in Prescott, Arizona. It is the world’s largest university that specializes in aviation and aerospace. Embry-Riddle is the only fully accredited aviation-oriented university in the world.