Magnet Program - Engineering


Program Awards & Competitions

An exclusive Program Offering in the Omaha Public Schools, Omaha North High Magnet offers a four year sequence of courses (Project Lead the Way) which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. (PDF version) Omaha North High Magnet Center is the first certified PLTW School in Nebraska and the first certified PLTW School in our 5-state region. Omaha North's staff has completed over 2,000 hours of training at sites across the country.


What is Project Lead the Way?

Project Lead the Way is a national program forming partnerships among Public Schools, Higher Education Institutions and the Private Sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our education system. First developed in the 1980’s by Richard Blais who was then chairman of the Technology Department of an upstate New York school district, PLTW is now offered in over 45 states and the District of Columbia." | [Visit the national PLTW website]





Features of Engineering

  • Only nationally certified pre-engineering program in the 5-state region.

  • Nationally recognized as a program of distinction, PLTW provides project-based engineering curriculum that articulates to university programs.

  • Award winning competitive program

  • Selected for national pilot for Biotech Engineering course

  • Four years of Honor level engineering coursework


Project Lead The Way

The High School Program is a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. However, those not intending to pursue further formal education will benefit greatly from the knowledge and logical thought processes that result from taking some or all of the courses provided in the curriculum.

Course of Study

Courses are divided into three levels - Foundation, Specialization and the Capstone course.

  • Foundation Courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics
  • Specialization Courses: Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Biotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architectural, Aerospace Engineering
  • Capstone Course: Engineering Design and Development

Course Description

  • Introduction to Engineering Design - A course that teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.
  • Principles of Engineering - A course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
  • Digital Electronics - 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.
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing - A course that applies principles of robotics and automation. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design, and Design and Drawing for Production. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included.
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture - 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
  • Engineering Design and Development - An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.



SAME Awards
MOBA Awards
Truss Bustin Awards
Faculty Awards


22nd Century Architecture Award

SAME Award Winners

·   Helping Hands for Haiti
·   Filter For Life: A Sustainable Water Purification System
·   Reduction of Deforestation in Third World Countries: Optimizing Sustainable Biofuels
·   Refacin the Basin: The Revitilization of Paxton Boulevard

·   A[Filter]ica: A Water Filtration System



MOBA – Metro Architectural Award Winners in Special Projects

  • Downtown Transit Center
  • Flow: A new Generation of Transportation 
  • O.T.H.: Omaha Transit Hub 

MOBA – Metro Architectural Award Winning Model Houses
·   Drew Dinsmore

·   Luke Smith


Truss Bustin – American Society of Civil Engineers Awards Winners
·   Lizzie Reida
·   Luke Smith

·   Madeline Kenny


Faculty Awards
·   Fund for Teachers 2011 Nebraska Fellow – Rocket Stoves, bio-fuels, and reforestation. 2011.
·   Vikings of Distinction Vision Award – Omaha North High Magnet School, May 20, 2011.
·   MELBA Education Award for Excellence. The Malaika Foundation October 2011.
·   Nebraska Global Educator 2012, The Malaika Foundation.
·   Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012
·   7 Days of Service Partnership Award, 2011




Engineering News

Keep up with the Magnet Engineering Program.

22nd Century Architecture Award

22nd Century Architecture Award

Engineering “Grill Teams” do it for Q98.5

Engineering “Grill Teams” do it for Q98.5

Sample PLTW Student Schedule

Call or email us with any questions you have. Please talk to your students counselor for specific graduation requirements.

Italized classes are Project Lead the Way classes.

Grade Suggested Course

*Honors Introduction to Engineering Design
Honors English 1-2 (NCOT)
Honors U.S. History 1-2 (NCOT)
Honors Algebra 3-4 OR Honors Geometry 1-2
Honors Physics 1-2 / Problems Analysis (2 Blocks)
Team Sports OR Concert Band
Spanish 3-4 OR French 3-4 OR German 3-4


*Honors Principles of Engineering
*Honors Digital Electronics

Honors English 3-4 (NCOT)
Honors Intro to Economics / Honors Geography (1 Semester Each)
Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
AP Physics (2 Blocks)
1 Elective


*Honors Computer Integrated Manufacturing
*Honors Civil Engineering and Architecture

Honors English 5-6
AP World Geography
AP Calculus (AB)
AP Chemistry (2 Blocks)
1 Elective


*Honors Engineering Design and Development
AP English 1-2 OR Honors Humanities/Arts 1-2
AP Government
Honors Calculus 3 OR Honors Differential Equations
AP Biology (2 Blocks)
2 Electives