Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.
STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world. STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.
PLTW's comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students.
We are a PLTW certified school. The certification means that students will be eligible for college credit through Rochester Institute of Technology , RIT, if they qualify, in the areas of Design and Drawing for Production, Digital Electronics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
All students with a math/science concentration are encouraged to take these courses.
The six goals for the PLTW program are to
- Increase the number of young people who pursue engineering technology programs requiring 2 and 4 year college degrees.
- Provide clear standards and expectations for students success in the program.
- Provide leadership and support that will produce continuous improvement and innovation in the program
- Provide equitable and inclusive opportunities for all academically qualified students.
- Reduce the future college attrition rate within 2-4 year engineering programs.
- Contribute to continuing America's national prosperity.
For more information on the program visit the PLTW Website