Project Lead The Way (PLTW) prepares students to be the next generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers, and innovators for the global economy. Since 1997, PLTW has grown to become the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for students in grades K - 12. The reason is that PLTW works. PLTW’s world-class curriculum and high-quality professional development have earned the recognition of education and nonprofit organizations, state and national governments, and Fortune 500 companies.
PLTW’s beginning dates back to 1986 when high school teacher Richard Blais began offering pre-engineering and digital electronics classes to encourage his upstate New York students to study engineering.
In 1997, Blais received the support of the Liebich family’s Charitable Leadership Foundation (CLF), which helped establish PLTW’s high school Engineering program and broaden it to 12 schools in upstate New York.
Today, PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. More than 6,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW courses to their students.