Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 PLTW Application Season!  As an in-house specialty program, we use an online Google Form application for all new students.  Please come by and visit us during our WSHS Specialty Program on Wednesday, Nov 21, from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.

New for the 2020 School Year, WSHS is proud to offer the PLTW Computer Science in addition to our nationally recognized PLTW Engineering Program.  Students who wish to explore the fundamentals of coding, from basics of logic flow through cyber security, PLTW CompSci will let students explore computing through a series of languages.  PLTW Engineering will take students through the big three engineering fields: Mechanical, Civil, and Electrical.  At the end of the sequence, students will be able to take the senior project capstone class where they, working within a team of seniors, will build a solution to a real world problem.

The Application:

PLTW Online Application

Engineering: 

Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.

Digital Electronics
Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

Principles of Engineering
Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.

Civil Engineering and Architecture
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, and then they apply what they know to design a commercial building.

Engineering Design and Development
Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers. 



Computer Science:

Computer Science Essentials
Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A.

Computer Science Principles
Using Python® as a primary tool, students develop computational-thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients.

Want to learn more about our two tracks?  

PLTW Computer Science:

PLTW Computer Sciences Page

PLTW Why CompSci Youtube Video

PLTW Engineering

PLTW Engineering

PLTW Engineering YouTube Video


If you have any questions about the application or the process, please feel free to contact me at castroca@pwcs.edu

Thank you for your time and interest and see you soon!