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Project Lead The Way
Our K-12 Pathways: Cohesive, Hands-On Learning Experiences
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 learning opportunities from the first day of kindergarten through senior year. PLTW’s research-supported approach empowers students to discover and explore interests, imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges, and become independent, confident problem solvers.
Our Elementary (K-5) Program
Our Middle School (6-8) Program
Our High School (9-12) Programs
Our programs inspire students to question what's possible and prepare them for long-term success.
PLTW students engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems that are reflective of real-world challenges. This compelling, real-world approach empowers students to learn essential, in-demand skills validated by the world’s leading companies, while also providing an invaluable connection between what students are learning in the classroom today and how it applies to the paths they’ll take in the future.
PLTW Launch (K-5)
taps into students’ exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering through activities like designing a car safety belt or building digital animations.
PLTW Computer Science (9-12)
transforms students into builders of tech by engaging them in real-world activities like creating an online art portal or using automation to process and analyze DNA-sequence data.
PLTW Engineering (9-12)
empowers students to engage in design thinking as they collaborate on real-world projects like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source.
It's almost impossible to put it into words how much Project Lead The Way has contributed to who I am and who I want to be. ... I think that Project Lead The Way was made by dreamers for dreamers, and it's amazing to get to be a part of that. Any type of success that I've had, I think that all comes from a real strong foundational basis that I gained from Project Lead The Way.
As a teacher, I’m always more concerned with teaching students how to think rather than what to think. With PLTW, we don’t give kids answers – we only give them problems to solve. In addition, our curriculum becomes a means for students to aspire to accomplish great things. When you tap into that instinct in kids – helping others in need – it makes teaching fun and helps them see beyond the content, giving insight into how they can make a difference in the world.
The kids are constantly working, they’re engaged, they’re happy. They spend a lot of extra time willingly. They come in on Saturdays to do their work. They're very proud of what they do.
Everyone in the class was able to fully engage with the content and immerse themselves in the learning process. The students were able to understand the language and key terms used in the stories and instructions because they got to experience it in a real, dynamic, and hands-on way. This made such a difference in their long-term storage of information, and their ability to link the content they learned in this module to their learning in other core classes.
PLTW helps better prepare students for education and careers, and by recruiting through PLTW high schools, we’ve found that students are better informed and prepared in engineering before they arrive here.
I've taught more mathematics, more writing, more science, more history in a computer science class than I ever could in a traditional math class, a traditional science class. American education needs to blend. We need to stop trying to isolate our courses and our disciplines, and everything needs to be interdisciplinary. ... I think Project Lead The Way is well on the way of changing the paradigm of American education.
Project Lead The Way has defined my professional career. I did not know until I went through the Project Lead The Way training that I had a passion for this particular curriculum. Since 2007 to this date, I can't imagine myself doing anything else other than being a Project Lead The Way teacher. It has transformed my teaching. The empathy that I have developed for my students when they struggle because I understand the struggle of having to learn software and having to be flexible and have a mindset where there isn't always the right answer: It has defined me as an educator.
In addition to curriculum and assessments, adopting a PLTW program includes access to our unmatched teacher training and support resources, as well as ongoing program support and numerous opportunities for students.
Unmatched Professional Development
PLTW Professional Development infuses a whole new way of teaching into the classroom. Our teacher training empowers educators to lead the engaging, immersive PLTW experience in their classrooms and bring learning to life. We also provide teachers with access to Community, an online tool that enables them to connect with PLTW teachers across the country.
Ongoing Program Support
Our Solution Center provides live support that gives school professionals the resources they need to focus their energy on engaging students.
Diverse Student Opportunities
PLTW’s student opportunities enhance student learning, recognize their accomplishments, and provide additional connections to career. PLTW students have opportunities to earn AP + PLTW recognition, scholarships, and preferred admission at colleges and universities, engage in work-based learning through internships and industry connections, and take advantage of avenues to highlight achievements.