Poway High School
15500 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-0245

        the creative integration and application of science • technology • engineering • math


The Poway High School Engineering Academy/Pathway allows 9-12 grade students to take Engineering Academy courses side-by-side with an afterschool Robotics or Science Olympiad 6.5 Course. Students interested in this exploratory route can enroll in an engineering course as long as they meet prerequisites. The Pathway allows students to explore potential career fields while becoming college ready. Students interested in Robotics and Science Olympiad are encouraged to take Engineering Academy/Pathway courses. For more information, contact counseling at Poway High School.


Educators: PLTW Conference Downloads

1) "How to Create an Engineering Academy" Presentation

2) Student/Parent Academy Handout

The New Cool – For Girls and Boys!

Engineering is an exciting field for both girls and boys that creates new innovations every day. Students will learn the science and math behind the application of their engineering projects to understand and make them work.  Students will have the opportunity to work with industry partner mentors and be part of a Robotics or Science Olympiad team. Check out the New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts by Neal Bascomb. (For more, see http://nealbascomb.com/first/ncool1.htm)

Girls in STEM!


“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

- First Lady Michelle Obama, September 26, 2011 (For more, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/women)


Envision is a free all-day conference held at UCSD that exposes high school girls to career possibilities in science and technology. Check out http://ucsdenvision.wixsite.com/envision


Engineering Academy and Pathway


The Poway Engineering Academy and Pathway is located at Poway High School (PHS) in Poway, California.  The Engineering Academy was founded in 2013, and is a pre-engineering program consisting of a comprehensive series of courses designed for high school students who have an interest in the field of engineering.  The Engineering Academy/Pathway is open to all students in the Poway Unified School District (PUSD).  Students interested in participating in the Engineering Academy/Pathway must either currently attend PHS or submit a request to transfer to PHS.  The Academy is a four year program with PHS academic distinction, which incorporates an internship and the opportunity to work one-on-one with professional mentors through Robotics or Science Olympiad.  The Pathway is the same series of courses that can be pursued in any order or quantity without distinction. This website is designed to provide details about the field of engineering, and to layout the Engineering Academy’s courses and sequencing for students interested in the program.   


Engineering Academy


The PHS Engineering Academy represents a course sequencing that addresses the educational needs of students planning on a post- high school educational program in a two or four year college that leads to a career in an engineering field.  The Engineering Academy offers students the opportunity to explore potential engineering career paths and to prepare them for college.  The Engineering Academy is for any student grades 9-12 in PUSD that is contemplating a career in Engineering.  Students who wish to enroll in the Engineering Academy must complete the application process.  Application forms are available from the school site counseling department or from the PHS website. Students who complete the required coursework will receive an “Engineering Academy Certificate of Completion” recognition.  This is a prestigious honor only given to graduates of the Engineering Academy that can be mentioned on a college application and resume.   To receive this recognition, students must earn a “C” grade or better in each engineering course.  Students who decide to move from the Engineering Academy to the Engineering Pathway (see below), may request to do so at any time during their four years in high school.


Engineering Pathway


The PHS Engineering Pathway allows 9-12 grade students to take any course within the Academy without committing to the application.  Students interested in this exploratory route can enroll in any engineering course for any semester without making a commitment to the Engineering Academy.  If this route is selected, there will be no “Engineering Academy Certificate of Completion” recognition earned. The Pathway provides the opportunity for students to join the Engineering Academy at a future date as long as there is time to complete the required coursework.


Business / Industry Partnerships


The PHS Engineering Academy and Robotics Team is partnered with Northrop Grumman as a founding sponsor. Additionally there is an annual advisory council where industry partners make recommendations to the Engineering Academy to bring curriculum, equipment and software up to current industry standards. Currently we have over 20 sponsors who have made a commitment to the Engineering Academy and Robotics Team: Evolution Controls Inc. / Qualcomm / ViaSat / Abbott Fund / Cubic / PTC / Palomar Technologies / BAE Systems / General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. / The Todd and Mari Gutschow Family Foundation / Northrop Grumman / NDEP / INCOSE / Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems / TechFlow / J!NX / Cymer / SAIC / Mark Owensby of the San Diego Robotics Club / Sullivan Solar Power / IMS Electronics Recycling / City of Poway / Performance Titanium Group / Malgorzata Couture & Poway High and PUSD.

Sponsored By:

Go to Cubic Corporation home page 


An additional 25 Million  in scholarships for Robotics Club members in STEM:



(Go to Go to http://www.firstinspires.org/scholarships)




50 Affiliate University Partners:



(College Credit, Admission Preference and STEM Scholarships for Engineering Academy Grads, http://www.pltw.org/university-partners)