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Middle school is a time of exploration – a time when students are figuring out what they’re passionate about. Inspire your students to see and explore career paths in a whole new way with the enhanced PLTW experiences available for the 2020-21 school year. 

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Flight and Space

In Flight and Space, students become engineers as they design, prototype, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel to and live in space. With a clearly defined connection to the real world and a stronger emphasis on career exploration embedded within the unit’s content, the new Flight and Space provides students a relevant and true-to-life learning experience.

Hands-on investigations and design challenges are integrated throughout the unit, helping students build on their understanding and gain independence in the learning process.

The new unit features embedded formative assessment, interim assessment, and summative assessment opportunities, accessible on PC, Mac, or Chromebooks. 

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Design and Modeling

Design and Modeling allows students to discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Throughout the unit, they explore the concepts of design and modeling through a multitude of perspectives, such as conceptual modeling, mathematical modeling, and solid modeling.

The new unit strengthens the PreK-12 student learning progression through vertical alignment across the PLTW engineering pathway, aligning with the new and enhanced PLTW Launch and PLTW Engineering experiences. It also provides explicit real-world connection to careers and reflects what is happening in the field, resulting in a more engaging and meaningful learning experience for students as they can more clearly see the opportunities of their future.

The new unit is accessible on PC, Mac, or Chromebooks. 

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What’s Next

Project Lead The Way is committed to providing a transformative and relevant middle school experience – an experience that boosts classroom engagement and excitement, and drives collaboration and deep comprehension as students see the range of career paths and possibilities available to them.

PLTW’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our future release schedule. Check back soon for more details!

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