Next Generation of Engineers

A 6th-8th Grade Engineering Program at Wheeling High School

ABOUT NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS

Wheeling High School offers a wide range of career pathways including engineering and manufacturing. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national engineering curriculum that prepares students to be innovative and productive leaders in STEM and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.  Wheeling High School has adopted the PLTW curriculum and currently offers four college-credit bearing PLTW courses.  Students work in a state-of-the-art prototyping laboratory while working to achieve industry certifications in safety and machine programming and operation.

The Next Generation of Engineers Program (N.G.E.) is a program for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students to work with faculty, fellow students and the facilities prior to entering their freshman year. It focuses on showing—not telling—students how engineers use technology to solve everyday problems.  This program introduces students to opportunities and career paths offered at W.H.S and in business and industry.

The Wheeling High School’s middle school engineering program currently offers three NGE courses over the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer months

The NGE courses at Wheeling High School are open to middle school students who live within the attendance boundaries of Wheeling High School.  Courses are scheduled throughout the school year after school one day per week and during the summer.  They are taught by faculty members from Wheeling High School and participating middle schools.

 

Our goal as a program is to make students more familiar with engineering & manufacturing practices. In addition, we love getting teenagers thinking about their future high school classes, as well as future careers! Each class developed is directly related and aligned with a Project Lead the Way class offered at the High School Level.

  • Explorations In Engineering -------------> PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (1st Course Generally Taken as Freshman/Sophomore)
  • Green Architecture                 -------------> PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture (Sophomore/Junior Year)
  • Robotic Systems                      -------------> PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing (Sophomore/Junior Year)