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2024 EDD Symposium

We held our 11th Annual EDD Symposium at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Thurs May 2nd. About 40 students presented from Mervo, Patterson, Western and Greenstreet Academy. The companion event, - the Innovation Showcase was held on Thursday May 9th, with only 2 teams. We were joined by industry partners and families to hear about these groups' ideas and how they solved it.

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10th Annual Engineering Design and Development Symposium & Innovation Showcase

Invitation  - come help evaluate our (soon to be graduating) Seniors and their Capstone project. Seeking evaluators for 10 min presentations and posters  

Thurs May 2nd at Baltimore Museum of Industry 10-2PM

RSVP here:


Invitation  - come join us for great food and 1 presentation from each school (no evaluating)

Thursday May 9th at Open Works 5-7 PM

RSVP here:

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On behalf of Baltimore City Public School System’s Project Lead the Way Engineering teachers and students, we would like to invite you to our (semi) Annual Engineering Design and Development Symposium. Students in the Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway culminate 3-4 years of hard work with a Capstone project - tasked with creating a solution for a problem. At this event, they are sharing their solution and their design process.


We are seeking volunteers to evaluate posters and brief presentations from each team, if you can spare part of your day on Friday May 5th, from 10am until 2pm. 


BCPSS PLTW EDD Symposium 40 teams / poster & presentations 

Friday May 5th 10am-2pm at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

RSVP here:


2023 Innovation Showcase  5-6 teams / presentations

Wednesday May 10th 5-7 PM at Open Works

1400 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202

RSVP here: 


Please join us for 1 or both events!


You can find more details here as the event gets closer!


Feel free to respond to this email with any questions, or call John Bachman 410-499-1570


The Basics

Baltimore City will host two events presenting and celebrating the work done by students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course at five city high schools!

The five schools participating are:

Patterson High School

Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School

Edmondson-Westside High School

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Western High School

With special thanks to our partners who sponsored or helped with these events:


- Northrop Grumman Corporation

- Whitman, Requardt, & Associates

- Society of Women Engineers, Baltimore Chapter

- Maryland Space Business Roundtable

- Whiting-Turner


- Development Facilitators, Inc.

Special thanks to the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Green Street Innovation Center for hosting this year! Past event hosts include:

- Johns Hopkins University

- Morgan State University

- University of Maryland BioPark

The daytime event, the EDD Symposium, is a chance for all students and teams to present their projects, interact with engineering experts, and get feedback on their designs and what their next steps could be.

The evening event, the Innovation Showcase, is a chance for one team from each school to show off their amazing designs, ideas, and project development work to a broader audience from industry, higher education, and local community members.


"Engineering a Better Student"


What do we need from you?

We need evaluators to review and provide feedback to student teams on their projects. A great question-and-answer period following each presentation is what makes this experience most valuable for our students!


The event organizers will provide the rubric and an orientation video for all volunteers about a week before the event - RSVP at the Symposium link above if you can help us out!


What is EDD?

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.


Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams of students will design, build, and test their solution. Finally, student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with  a community mentor and experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.

Past Symposia:


Our inaugural EDD Symposium was held at National Academy Foundation High School on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.

Our second annual EDD Symposium was also held at National Academy Foundation High School, on Monday, May 4th, 2015. Baltimore City Schools produced a video about the Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathway that included many scenes from our second Symposium. This year we added a second event to highlight the most innovative projects and ideas from the symposium, the Innovation Showcase. The Showcase was hosted at Morgan State University's Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS), from 6-8pm on Wednesday May 6th 2015. Here are some photos from that evening.

Our third annual EDD Symposium and Innovation Showcase (a joint event, held on the same day, with afternoon and evening sections) was held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, from 12pm-6pm at the University of Maryland BioPark at 801 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD. The event was organized by teachers and industry partners, to showcase products and innovations designed and developed by students. Students viewed one another's work, and were reviewed by a panel of experts from engineering and related STEM/business fields. Here is the press pack from that event.

Our fourth annual EDD Symposium and Innovation Showcase was held on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, again at the UM BioPark. Here is the press pack from that event. Here is a video produced by Baltimore City Schools about that event.

The fifth annual Baltimore City EDD Symposium was held at Johns Hopkins University, on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. The symposium ran from 10 am until 3 pm. Here are some photos from that event. We again held the Innovation Showcase as a separate event on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, at Morgan State University.

The sixth annual Baltimore City EDD Symposium took place at Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday April 30th 2019. Check out some of our photos here. The 2019 Innovation Showcase was held a week later on Wednesday May 8th, at Morgan State University. Some photos of that event can be found here.

In 2020, we ended up cancelling our planned seventh symposium due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In 2021, the Seventh Annual Baltimore City EDD Symposium was held online, on Tuesday May 11th, 2021, from 1:00-4:00pm. Approximately 100 students (30 teams) presented their capstone engineering projects across multiple virtual rooms. The 2021 Innovation Showcase was held online, on Thursday May 13th, 2021, from 5:00-7:00pm. At this event, attendees saw some of the best and most innovative engineering projects designed and developed by students this year from Baltimore City schools..

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