• What is GEARS?

    GEARS is a program designed to spark the interest of students who want to move into a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  

     How does GEARS help students?

    • The students will earn how to develop their engineering, math, science and presentation skills
    • Students and teachers will stay together for four years and build a supportive peer and family like environment 

    By the time a GEARS student graduates they will be able to:

    • Use computers to draw in 2D and 3D
    • Create animations
    • Build small scale structures and models
    • Program basic sensors, motors, and gear systems
    • Draw circuit diagrams and calculate voltage, current, and amperage
    • Research, design and produce product prototypes of their own creations
    • Give public presentations
    • And much more!

  • PLTW Scholars are students who successfully take at least three courses in the Engineering Pathway, specifically:

    BOTH "Intro " Courses - Intro to Design AND Principles of Engineering  

    At least one "specialization" or "capstone" course their senior year.

    Most of our Senior Scholar students take 4 PLTW classes - one every year.  Some have taken just the 3, joining the pathway as a sophomore or later - but some have taken as many as 7!

    These students earn certificates to use in their portfolio / resumes, as well as a medallion for graduation, plus access to scholarships available only to PLTW Scholars:  See current Scholarships HERE!