Science and Technology

Technology Education


The PLTW Pathway to Engineering Program is designed to encompass all four years of high school. Foundation courses are supplemented by a number of electives to create five rigorous, relevant, reality- based courses. Activities are hands-on and project-based. Students learn how to use the same industry- leading 3D design software that is used by companies such as Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Pixar. Students explore aerodynamics, astronautics, and space life sciences and apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics and robotics. Students design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone independent study project.

Students interested in a pre-engineering college preparatory experience can take a full sequence of PLTW courses. Students can also opt to take selected courses as stand-alone experiences. For more information about the Project Lead the Way Program, see


In addition to PLTW courses, the Technology/Engineering Department will continue to offer single-semester courses in Auto Technology, Woodworking, and Home Remodeling.


Oak Park and River Forest High School District No. 200 does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, immigration status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, or any other legally protected category with regard to financial assistance for career and technical education programs. See Policy 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities for more details.