LEAD: Learning Engineering and Design


Elizabeth Seton High School is leading the way in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction. This program has adopted the curriculum model, Engineering byDesign, developed by The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning. This is a standards-based national model built upon Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEEA), Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM), and Project 2061, Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS).

Watch this video of the University of Maryland Fire Prevention Engineering Department Competition where Elizabeth Seton High School won First Place Overall.



      • Promotes increased achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math
      • Allows exploration in a problem solving environment
      • Fosters understanding of engineering design
      • Builds teamwork skills
      • Prepares students for a wide variety of career paths

Unique Features

      • Extracurricular activities including state level competitions
      • Summer internship opportunities with a variety of local companies
      • Service possibilities

      • E-mentor relationships with female college engineering students and young professionals
      • National Engineers’ Week events
      • Networking opportunities

Curriculum Structure

LEAD has the unique advantage of providing both an introductory level of engineering and design and a full four year successive course structure for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience. The following curriculum design outlines the possible progression of the course of study:

Year 1: Foundations of Engineering

This course focuses on use of the engineering design process. Several major projects are completed, all with emphasis placed on learning the process.

Year 2: Robotics Engineering

Students in this course use Vex robots and Easy C programming to complete many challenges, from to .

Year 3: Advanced Design Application

This course further advances the students’ understanding and use of the engineering design process. In the first semester, they complete a comprehensive unit on a single area of technology and engineering, including a single major project. In the second semester, students participate in the Fire Protection Challenge, assisted by Fire Protection Engineering graduate students from the University of Maryland.

Year 4: Senior Engineering Capstone

This course focuses on a major culminating project for students. Seton participates in Purdue University’s EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) program. The girls design real solutions to real problems encountered by local community partners.

Purdue EPICS Program

Seton LEAD students are seeking opportunities for projects which will provide service to individuals, give back to the community, and protect the environment. Fourth year students in the LEAD program are working with Purdue University’s Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) program to create their senior capstone projects.

In the fourth year of LEAD (the senior capstone course), students participate in Purdue University’s EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) program. The girls design real solutions to real problems encountered by local community partners. Since joining this program in 2014, students have worked on the following projects:

  • Design & assemble a wheelchair ramp for the home of an elderly gentleman
  • Design a rain garden on Seton’s campus
  • Install a rain barrel on Seton’s campus
  • Design erosion rehab and prevention on Seton’s campus

Click here to see epic project details and photos

How to Apply

Incoming Student Application

      • 8th graders can apply for the LEAD program by accessing the general application online here.
      • Please note: If the student is applying for admission into the LEAD Program, a mandatory entrance exam will take place in early January 2018. Families will be contacted with further information regarding this program requirement after they have applied.

Current Student Application Materials

We are seeking students who might be interested in joining our LEAD (Learning Engineering And Design) program for NEXT school year (18-19). If you enjoy math, science, building, creating, designing, or are even just curious about what goes on in 128B, LEAD might be for you.