From the very beginning, Project Lead The Way has been an organization focused on preparing students with in-demand knowledge and skills and transforming the teaching experience.
In 1986, a high school teacher in Upstate New York saw an engineering-related job shortage growing in his community. He started pre-engineering courses at his school to prepare students for the demand. A decade later, the success of the teacher’s courses caught the attention of a local foundation, and in 1997, PLTW was born, with the PLTW Engineering program (as it is now known) spreading to a dozen high schools in Upstate New York.
By 2008, we had grown to offer middle school and biomedical science programs and offered programs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Leading companies and foundations, seeing proof that our programs prepared students with skills needed to thrive in careers, invested in bringing PLTW to their communities.
Nearly 20 years after it began, we are steadfast in our commitment to students and teachers. Now with five distinct programs in more than 8,000 schools nationwide, we offer students seamless K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW team members – many of whom come from the classroom – collaborate with other educators and industry partners to engage students in learning what’s relevant and in-demand.