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High School TIDE Program

Technology . Innovation . Design . Engineering

PLTW Engineering (Grades 9-12)

From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
Courses Offered: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Design & Development (Fall 2019), Architectural Design & Drawing, and Computer Science Principles.

Certifcations Available: Autodesk Inventor Certified User, the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation's Pre-Engineering Certification, The Florida Engineering Society Certification, and the AP + PLTW Recognition.
WCS Engineering students have been accepted into universities such as MIT, CalTech, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida to pursue careers in the STEM field.

HS STEM Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Michael Gambrell

    Mr. Michael Gambrell 

    Director of Engineering; MS/HS Computer Science & Engineering Teacher
    Ext. 1232
    Virginia Tech - Bachelor's Degree, Economics
    University of Advancing Technology - Master's Degree, Software Design
    University of Pheonix - Education Specialist
  • Photo of Brianna Upton

    Mrs. Brianna Upton 

    HS Science & Engineering Teacher
    Ext. 1303
    Dillard University - Bachelor's Degree, Physics
    Georgia State University - Master's Degree, Physics
    Georgia Institute of Technology - Bachelor's Degree, Aerospace Engineering


Student Clubs

Warrior Robotics

Students who wish to further their engineering skills may also apply for the VEX EDR competitive robotic teams. These after-school student clubs allow students to build and program their own robot, and to showcase their skills at local, state and national competitions.

SWENext Warriors

SWENext Warriors mentors and encourages female students ages 13 to 18 to take engineering classes and to consider engineering as a major in college. An outreach program of the Society of Women Engineers, this student club participates in the "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" Day at the University of Miami and also held a gift giving drive for young mothers at COPE Center South.

For More Information

For more information about STEM-related student clubs, please contact Mrs. Brianna Upton.