Welcome to PLTW Engineering
My name is Brandon Loftus and I facilitate Principles of Engineering, Engineering Design and Development, and assist the afterschool robotics program here at ACTC.
Principles of Engineering (POE) is a junior-level course that presents problems to engage and challenge, while students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. In POE, students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is a senior-level capstone course where students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.
I live in Pendleton with my wife Rachel and three children. I am originally from Wisconsin, attended Johns Hopkins, Clemson, and Southern Wesleyan University, and spent two years overseas in New Zealand. I am excited to get the opportunity to spend time sparking an interest for engineering in my students. This is my 13th year teaching and I am looking forward to making it a memorable one for each student who comes in my door.
PLTW Endorsements: IED, POE, CEA, EDD
Areas of Certification: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Undergraduate degree: B.S. Secondary Education: Science, Clemson University
Graduate degree: M.Ed. Administration and Leadership, Southern Wesleyan University
PLTW Course Descriptions and current Engineering Pathway
Yearlong 1st Course:
Semester-long 2nd Courses:
Yearlong 3rd Course:
Semester-long 4th course: