7th Annual Engineering Design and Development Symposium & Innovation Showcase


The Seventh Annual Baltimore City EDD Symposium will be held online, on Tuesday May 11th, 2021, from 1:00-4:00pm. Approximately 100 students (30 teams) will present their capstone engineering projects across multiple virtual rooms.

RSVP at http://tiny.cc/BmoreEDD for the Symposium.

The 2021 Innovation Showcase will be held online, on Thursday May 13th, 2021, from 5:00-7:00pm. At this event, you will see some of the best and most innovative engineering projects designed and developed by students this year from six Baltimore City high schools (one team per school)!

RSVP at http://tiny.cc/BmoreInnovation for the Showcase.


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 six city high schools!

The six schools participating are:

Patterson High School

Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School

National Academy Foundation 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

- Whitman, Requardt, & Associates

- Johns Hopkins University

- Morgan State University

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, we are back with an online set Symposium and Showcase - see details and RSVP above!!!