PLTW Announces More Than $1.9M in Grants for Stem Education

Clifton Park, NY – Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announced today that students at 72 schools in four states now have access to the nation's leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program through grants totaling $1,996,740. Middle schools and high schools were able to apply for funds through PLTW’s STEM Implementation Fund (PSIF) which requires schools to prove their commitment to preparing students for the jobs of the 21st century. PLTW partners with leading U.S. industries, professional associations, private and family foundations, and other philanthropic organizations to provide funding to schools through the PSIF. Schools will begin offering PLTW’s STEM education courses, including Gateway To Technology and Pathway To Engineering, beginning in Fall 2011.

“The economic prosperity of our communities and our nation depend on our ability to prepare today’s students for the high-tech, high-skill jobs of the 21st century,” said Thor S. Misko, interim CEO of Project Lead The Way. “We are grateful for the generosity of our partners from the industry and the philanthropic community who’ve made this grant process possible.  We were extremely pleased to receive so many quality grant applications from schools and look forward to partnering with them to prepare our nation’s next generation of innovators.”

PLTW provides students with a proven path to college and career success in STEM fields. The hands-on, project-based curriculum shows students how what they are learning in math and science class applies to real-world challenges. Each course emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork – all skills that are in-demand from U.S. businesses and necessary in the 21st century high-tech economy. Studies have shown that PTLW students outperform their peers and are more likely to continue studying STEM-related subjects in college.

Among other items, PSIF grant applicants are required to show that they have visited at least one additional PLTW school; submitted a complete PLTW program budget; coordinated and provided a list of potential community partners; and have or are in the process of developing a computer lab that meets PLTW requirements. Schools use grant funds for teacher training and equipment and supplies for PLTW courses.

Illinois There are currently 116 PLTW schools in Illinois. Twenty-four new schools will receive PSIF funds totaling $594,353 for the 2011-2012 school year. These schools are:

    Abbott Middle School
    Clarence C. Culver School
    Eastview Middle School
    Ellis Middle School
    Farview South School
    Fenton High School
    Friendship Junior High School
    Grove Junior High School
    Hollis Grade School
    Holmes Junior High School
    Kenyon Woods Middle School
    Kimball Middle School
    Larsen Middle School
    Lincoln Middle School
    Lindop School
    Metea Valley High School
    Mt. Vernon Township High School
    Neuqua Valley High School
    New Trier High School
    Oak Park & River Forest High School
    Pleasant Plains Middle School
    River Trails Middle School
    Riverton Middle School
    Waubonsie Valley High School

Iowa There are currently 143 PLTW schools in Iowa.  Seven new schools will receive PSIF funds totaling $159,826 for the 2011-2012 school year. These schools are:

    ADM Middle School
    North Scott Community High School
    Oskaloosa Middle School
    Pella Middle School
    Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School
    Washington Junior High School
    Winterset Junior High School

Minnesota There are currently 185 PLTW schools in Minnesota. Fourteen new schools will receive PSIF funds totaling $577,958 for the 2011-2012 school year. These schools are:

    Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative
    Henry Sibley High School
    Kimball Area High School
    Kingsland Public Schools
    La Crescent Montessori Academy
    Lewiston-Altura High School
    Menahga Public Schools
    Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
    Minnetonka High School
    Orono High School
    Osakis High School
    Royalton High School
    Valley Middle School
    Waconia High School & Clearwater Middle School

Wisconsin There are currently 244 PLTW schools in Wisconsin. Twenty-seven new schools will receive PSIF funds totaling $664,603 for the 2011-2012 school year. These schools are:

    Beloit Turner Middle School
    Bonduel Middle School
    Darlington Elementary Middle School
    Darlington High School
    Edison Middle School
    Evansville Middle and High Schools
    Fox River Middle School
    Franklin Middle School
    Hortonville High School
    Kennedy Middle School
    Lancaster High School
    Lancaster Middle School
    Marshall Middle School
    Medford High School
    Parkview Middle and High Schools
    Pulaski Community Middle School
    Richland Center High School
    Richland Middle School
    Seeds of Health Elementary
    Shattuck Middle School
    Shullsburg High School
    St. Alphonsus Catholic School
    Wheatland Joint 1 Center School District
    Winneconne High School
    Winneconne Middle School

For more information on PLTW’s STEM education program, visit

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way, Inc., is a national, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in K-12 schools. The PLTW comprehensive curriculum, which is collaboratively developed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators, emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. PLTW began in 1997 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a program designed to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level and has grown to a network of nearly 4,000 middle and high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 350,000 students are expected to take a PLTW course during the coming school year. For more information, visit