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Engineering Programs

Assabet Valley has two Project Lead The Way academic Engineering programs. Pre-Engineering, and the Engineering Academy. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.


The Pre-Engineering program makes math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. This approach is called activities-based learning and problem-based learning. Project-based learning is a comprehensive approach to instruction that presents a project or relevant activity that enables students to synthesize knowledge and individually resolve problems in a curricular content. Problem-based learning is both a curriculum organizer and an instructional strategy that presents a problem that is relevant and related to the context where students are the stakeholders.

Engineering Academy

The Engineering Academy is an exciting program for students interested in a focused program of studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The Academy is  a Certificate Program in Engineering/STEM that will:
  • Provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum rich in all Engineering/STEM disciplines throughout their four years of high school in both their academic classes and technical programs
  • Introduce students interested in Engineering to career and college opportunities in Engineering/STEM related fields


PLTW students have said that PLTW Engineering influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.
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Introduction to Engineering Design is a course that develops students’ problem solving skills, with emphasis on the development of three-dimensional solid models. Using computer modeling software, students learn design process. They solve design problems as they develop, create, and analyze product models. Techniques learned, and equipment used, is state-of-the-art and is currently being used by engineers throughout the United States.
This course exposes students to major concepts they'ii encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study, and helps them understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Students explore technology systems and engineering processes to find out how math, science, and technology help people.Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.
Digital Electronics is a course in applied digital logic. This is a course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. The use of digital circuits is increasing so rapidly that it’s hard to imagine limits.
This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as: The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects, Project Planning, Site Planning, Building Design, Project Documentation and Presentation.
AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals.
In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.

College Planning

Running Start / New Hampshire Technical Institute

Running Start / Lead the Way is a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership between participating high schools and NHTI, Concord NH's Community College.
Students Can:
  • earn college credit at NHTI while earning credit toward high school graduation;
  • take courses during their normal school day;
  • register for courses for only $150 tuition, a significant savings.
College credit is earned at NHTI, but may be transferred to other institutions. NHTI maintains full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Transfer credit is generally accepted among accredited schools, however, the acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution being asked to accept it. Students having a specific school or program in mind may wish to contact the school or program about transfer credit prior to registering.
Introductory engineering courses available through Project Lead the Way include Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics and Principles of Engineering.

Rochester Institute of Technology

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RIT offers PLTW students the opportunity to receive undergraduate credit for five PLTW courses: Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production in NY), Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Civil Engineering & Architecture.
To qualify, students must earn a stanine score of 6 or higher on the end-of-year exam (6 equals a C; 7 equals a B; 8 and 9 equal an A). The cost for each course is $200 and each course is worth three semester credits.

Certification Opportunities

Autodesk certifications are industry-recognized credentials that can help you succeed in your design career—providing benefits to both you and your employer. The certifications provide reliable validation of skills and knowledge, and they can lead to accelerated professional development, improved productivity, and enhanced credibility.

Autodesk Inventor Certified User
The Inventor Certified User exam includes both academic and industry requirements designed to confirm that inventor users have the skills necessary to continue their design careers - whether they attend college, enter the workforce, or work toward additional levels of industry certification.  The exam consists of 30 questions combining multiple-choice and performance-based items to ensure students understand and can effectively use Inventor.  For more information visit:
Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional
The inventor Certified Professional exam is aimed at assessing professional users' knowledge of the tools, features, and common tasks of Inventor.  The exam is comprised of 35 questions, of which the majority requires you to use Inventor to create or modify a data file, and then type your answer into an input box.  Other question types include multiple choice, matching, and point-and-click.  Find an Autodesk Certification Center at 

Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified User
The Revit Architecture Certified User exam includes both academic and industry requirements designed to confirm that inventor users have the skills necessary to continue their design careers - whether they attend college, enter the workforce, or work toward additional levels of industry certification.  The exam consists of 30 questions combining multiple-choice and performance-based items to ensure students understand and can effectively use Inventor.  For more information visit:
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Field Trips

Past, Current, and Future Engineering Academy Learning Experiences and Field Trips

STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience & Invitational

MIT Museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Campus 

Zimmerman House Student Tour- Frank Lloyd Wright Museum

Canobie Lake Park

Mount Wachusett Community College

Fenway Park Boston Red Sox STEM Education Days

Aviation & Maritime STEM Education Expo at Boston Logan International Airport

Peabody Essex Museum "Strandbeests" Exhibit

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Materials & Strength Engineering Demonstrations

Boston Museum of Science

Merrimack College Engineering Facility in North Andover

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) College Fair

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

 University of Massachusetts Lowell


Engineering Academy Members

Class of 2023

Tyler Abbondanzio, Hudson
Wyatt Allaby, Hudson
Rafael Cerqueira, Hudson
Eric Edwards, Marlborough
Ember Healy, Boylston
Kouddy Jorge, Marlborough
Benjamin Lopes, Hudson
Thomas Pollard, Marlborough
Max Sullivan, Clinton
Thomas Healy,  Marlborough
Crystal Lindquist, Morthborough
Connor Allen, Hudson
JaJuan Santos, Hudson
Matthew Chalifoux, Boyleston
Henry Christensen, Westborough
Thomas Collins, Hudson
Roberto Leiva, Clinton

Class of 2024

Stephen Harlow, Hudson
Cam Cooper, Hudson
Jocelyn Dunnells, Hudson
Torin Christie, Clinton
Edriel Paulino Fernandez, Shrewsbury
Dylan Rebeiro, Hudson
Peyton Knott, Leicester
Gabriel Lopes, Hudson
Thomas Moore, Leicester
Joseph Florendo, Marlborough
Zackary Parmeter, Clinton
Chloe Lapierre, Cherry Valley
Alexandria DuPont, Marlborough
Blake Lupien, Marlborough
Nicole Keher, Marlborough
Isla Marija Bukow, Shrewsbury
Zachary Zmijak, Maynard

Class of 2025

Jesse Tokaya, Southborough
Michael Martell, Marlborough
Andrew Benway, Marlborough
Ethan Reed, Marlborough
Luca Silver, Hudson
Alexis Ellis, Southborough
Jaiden Burrell, Leicester
Jacob Dolimount, Leicester
Markk Cabrera, Westborough
Maxie Cabrera, Westborough
Colton Ross, Marlborough
Gabriel Freitas, Shrewsbury
Declan Allen, Marlborough
Ayden Fales, Maynard
Juneau Tetreault, Shrewsbury
Alexander Mathieu, Clinton

Engineering Academy Graduates

Class of 2022

Malorie Baldinger, Shrewsbury
Jack Bourque, Northborough
Thomas Brennan, Maynard - Gordon College
Jaxon Capobianco, Hudson
Manuel Colon, Northborough - WPI
Nolan Carey, Hudson - U Lowell
MacKenzie McBreen, Hudson
Christopher McDonald, Hudson
Damian Polomarenko, Hudson - UMass Dartmouth
Maxwell Sivert, Clinton - WPI


Class of 2021

Mackenzie Appleyard, Hudson -- WPI
Xavier Castillo, Clinton -- National Aviation Academy
Gabriel Chartrand, Hudson
Codey Daly, Marlborough -- Quinsigamond
Alex Dorval, Boylston -- Montana State
Zachary Furbush, Boxborough -- Embry Riddle
LilyAnn Kinz, Hudson -- Quinsigamond
Nathaly LePoer, Westborough 
Guilherme Lima, Marlborough -- UMass Lowell
Andrew Lortie, Hudson -- UMass Lowell
Jeremy Patrick, Hudson -- UMass Amherst
Catherine Pollard, Hudson -- Johns Hopkins
Jessica Rivera, Marlborough -- Quinsigamond
Steven Savoie, Boylston -- Western New England University
Daniel Smith, Boylston -- Mass Maritime
Katie Steeves, West Boylston -- Worcester State
Cole Sullivan, Clinton -- Whitman - Washington

Class of 2020

Nicole Barakian, West Boylston -- Wentworth
Jeffrey Benoit, Hudson 
Zachary Callinan, Clinton -- Johnson & Wales
Nolan Dunne, Clinton
Justin DuPont, Marlborough -- Quinsigamond
James Kallio, Hudson -- UMass Amherst
Isabella Lagattolla, Hudson -- New Haven
Jared Mahon, Marlborough -- Wentworth
Milena Mancilha, Marlborough -- UMass Lowell
Kamryn Mills, Clinton -- Florida Atlantic University
Timothy Moore, Leicester -- Bryant University
Matthew Murphy, Hudson
Audrey Nader, Marlborough -- UMass Lowell
Joelle Noble, Marlborough -- Lipscomb - Nashville
Keegan Roach, Hudson -- Wentworth
Gabriele Rodenzo-Wilson, West Boylston -- Florida Tech
Thomas Russo, Marlborough --
Camden Spring, Rochdale -- Loyola

Class of 2019

Brandon Black, Clinton 
James Boyd, Marlborough 
Jared Davis, Shrewsbury -- Salem State
Ryan Davis, Hudson 
Alexander MacConnell, Boylston -- Mt Wachusett CC
Craig MacConnell, Boylston -- Mt Wachusett CC
Cameron McLaughlin, Northborough
Justin Newton, Clinton 
Benjamin Pierce, Clinton 
Nicholas Shurling, Hudson 
Elizabeth Valentine, Clinton 
Isaac Wagner, Maynard -- Merrimack

Class of 2018
John Baird, Clinton -- Worcester State
Samantha Barakian, West Boylston -- Worcester Polytechnical
Hannah Belan, Dudley -- Worcester Polytechnical
Jeffrey Dean, Marlborough
Joe DeGaetano, Leicester -- Rensselaer Polytechnical
Desiree Diaz, Shrewsbury --Worcester Polytechnical
Ben Dorr, Rochdale --Worcester Polytechnical
Brianna Fontes, Hudson
Jake Gorrie, Shrewsbury
Joseph LeDuc, Marlborough -- Merrimack
Jacob Marinelli, West Boylston -- Rochester Institute
Mathew Marinelli, West Boylston -- Rochester Institute
Caroline Moreira, Marlborough -- Worcester State
Jack Nugent, Hudson -- Norwich University
Bethany Ramsbottom, Hudson -- Worcester Polytechnical
Douglas Walsh, Maynard -- Middlesex Community College


Mr. DuPont, Project Lead the Way Instructor | 508-485-9430 
Mr. Sommerville, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor | 508-485-9430
Mr. Montville, CPWD Instructor 
Michelle Roach, Assistant to the Director of Academics | 508-485-9430
Engineering Academy Team
Mr. McCann, Director of Academic Programs & Title I | 508-263-9605
Mr. LaFlamme, Director of Technical Programs | 508-485-9430  
Mrs. Bennes, Assistant Director of Technical Programs | 508-485-9430 
Mr. McCabe, Guidance Counselor | 508-485-9430
Ms. Stencel, Biotechnology Instructor | 508-485-9430


PLTW @ Assabet

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