7th Annual Engineering Design and Development Symposium & Innovation Showcase

The Seventh Annual Baltimore City EDD Symposium will be held at Johns Hopkins University, on Monday April 27th, 2020, from 10:30 am until 3 pm.

The 2020 Innovation Showcase will be held at Morgan State University -- info TBD.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/2020EDD for the Symposium.


The Basics

Baltimore City will host an event 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 event:


- Northrop Grumman


- Whitman, Requardt, & Associates

- Johns Hopkins University

- Morgan State University


"Engineering a Better Student"


What do we need from you?

We need evaluators to score (using a rubric) poster displays and/or 10 min


presentations in break out rooms. This allows students to share their thought


process using the Engineer Design process, and answer questions about their




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.

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