We believe all students – beginning at a young age – need access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond. That’s why our pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science provide hands-on career learning opportunities from the first day of pre-kindergarten through senior year.
Students can’t be what they can’t see. And if students don’t know what’s possible, they can’t explore opportunities available to them – and pursue paths that empower them to thrive. Global and local challenges surround us. To address these challenges and move forward, we need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time. Project Lead The Way empowers students with these skills – relevant to any career or role they take on.
PreK-12 PLTW students engage in hands-on, real-world activities, projects, and problems that help them understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life. Whether designing a wheelchair for a disabled pug, programming a robot that can remove hazardous materials from a disaster site, or learning to defend data in today’s complex cyberworld, PLTW students work collaboratively to develop solutions to real-world challenges.
Our programs inspire students to question what's possible and prepare them for long-term success. In a rapidly changing economy, students with in-demand, transportable skills are most likely to thrive throughout their education and careers. But until now, high school tests have not provided employers or institutions of higher education information necessary to confirm graduates’ competencies in these areas. The PLTW Assessment is the first and only assessment to measure high school graduates’ mastery of the skills most sought-after by employers – including problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and ethical reasoning – in addition to their subject-matter knowledge.