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Environmental Sustainability (ES) is an interdisciplinary specialty engineering course in the PLTW Engineering pathway. In ES, students investigate and design solutions in response to real‐world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands‐on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true‐to‐life challenges.

ES brings together engineering, biology, and ecology. The diversity of subject matter has the potential to bring together in a single classroom a group of students with interests in a wide range of STEM subjects. The demand is high and the need is great for both environmental and biological engineering professionals. This course provides a solid foundation in both disciplines, taking students from introduction to in‐depth exploration.

Within the PLTW Engineering sequence of courses, ES is a specialty course designed to follow Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. ES is aligned with national and state standards in math and English language arts and Next Generation Science Standards.(www.pltw.org)

Topics include:

  • water quality testing
  • ground water modeling
  • maple syruping
  • aquaponics
  • fermentation
  • biofuels
  • GMOs

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