Faculty Advisor

Bitar, Stephen J.


The goal of this project was to create a resource for high schools that are considering the addition of some form of pre-engineering program to their current curriculum. Three programs were researched, including the well-established Advanced Placement (AP) program, an industry initiative called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and a local program sponsored by the Boston Museum of Science called Engineering the Future (ETF). It was found that the existing AP program is the broadest of the three, with subjects ranging from the Arts and Humanities to History, Mathematics and the Sciences. In contrast, PLTW and ETF are focused primarily on generating student interest in engineering. This research shows that the AP program continues to be most effective at promoting skills necessary to succeed at the college level.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering