LEAD Supplemental Application Information


      • 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.

LEAD Fast Facts

  • Students may apply to join the LEAD program at any year level.
  • LEAD students have enjoyed participating in competitions such as the Maryland Engineering Challenges and the Johns Hopkins Robo-Challenge.
  • LEAD classes do not replace required math and science courses. In fact, most LEAD students also take 4 years of math and 4 years of science.
  • LEAD offers students an e-mentorship opportunity with female engineering students or young professional engineers.

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 is the first course in the Engineering byDesign™ curriculum sequence. The course prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone for the LEAD program. Group and individual activities engage students in creating ideas, developing innovations, and engineering practical solutions. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities require student applications of science, mathematics, and other school subjects in authentic situations.

Year 2: Robotics Engineering

Students build a solid foundation in robotics by: building and programming their own robot, gaining and demonstrating knowledge about physics, technology, engineering and math while using the robot, and completing a capstone project that challenges the student to solve a real-life problem. Students use VEX robots and accessories and participate in local robotics competitions.

Year 3: Advanced Design Applications

Students use the design process to think, plan, design, and create solutions to engineering and technological problems in manufacturing and information/communication. The projects focus on more solution using the Arduino microprocessor and a variety of sensors and relay switches. The Spring project is done in conjunction with University of Maryland's Fire Protection Engineering school. Our students learn about fire protection and how it relates to the design of habitable structures.

Year 4: Engineering Capstone Course – EPICS

Students work on EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects with local community partners as their capstone experience. In EPICS, students work in teams to apply the design process in projects for local not-for-profit partners. Students design and implement solutions to problems to meet the needs of this partner, enabling them to better serve residents in the local community. Throughout the year, the students also review mathematical concepts used in engineering and learn basic MATLAB programming.

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.