PLTW Engineering (9-12)
Empower Your Students to Step Into the Role of an Engineer
PLTW Engineering Students Become Tomorrow's Problem Solvers Today
From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
PLTW Engineering courses are part of the AP + PLTW engineering pathway.
The lessons that I teach in my classroom are relevant to all students, not just engineering students. I've had over the past 14 to 15 years, I've had kids graduate from my classes and go on to become social studies teachers, English majors, lawyers, doctors ... and every single one of them come back and tell me that, ‘The problem solving that I learned in this class helps me in everything that I do.’
After having Project Lead The Way for 15 years at our school, we’ re seeing the fruits of our labor and how our graduates thrive with this kind of education – being prepared for engineering universities, architectural schools, or any kind of STEM profession. Those students are excelling in post-secondary institutions and high-tech careers because of their PLTW experience.
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.
For the past four years, PLTW has been a huge part of my life, and it's definitely changed my entire career path. I definitely wouldn't be wanting to study chemical engineering in college had it not been for PLTW.
I think Project Lead The Way prepares students for the real world because it not only teaches them the curriculum, but it teaches them how to think differently, how to push boundaries, think outside of the box, solve problems. And I also think that Project Lead The Way prepares them because it really focuses on the 21st-century skills and helping the students see the wonderment in STEM – not just understanding the formulas, but also seeing the application and how much fun it can be.
PLTW classes focus on hands-on and real-life experience. What I liked the most about these classes was having the freedom of designing my final project. I can only encourage other students to take PLTW courses, challenge themselves, and remember that no dream is unattainable.
Building a Strong Foundation for College and Career
Each PLTW Engineering course engages students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.
Students explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences as they solve engaging and challenging real-world problems like creating a natural relief center system or creating a solution to improve the safety and well-being of local citizens.
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.
Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, and then they apply what they know to design a commercial building.
Students discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation, and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.
Using Python® as a primary tool, students develop computational-thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients.
Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.
Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply, and renewable energy.
Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.
Virtual Computer Labs Coming Soon!
PLTW, in partnership with AWS, have collaborated with SynchroNet to virtualize software through Amazon AppStream 2.0. Software used in PLTW courses will now be accessible through virtual computer labs on laptops that did not previously meet the technology requirements. Non-Windows operating systems will require additional hardware to use USB devices featured in PLTW courses.
- Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed application and desktop streaming service where you can centrally manage your desktop applications and securely deliver them to any computer.
- PLTW is prioritizing the release of Amazon AppStream 2.0 based on the PLTW programs that are most affected by the inability to house software on most computers. We will continue to release access on a rolling basis starting in early 2021.
- With virtual computer labs through Amazon AppStream 2.0, schools will only pay for what their students and teachers use, and any additional third-party software support schools opt into. Schools can host the virtual computer labs themselves in partnership with their IT departments or can partner with third-party providers.
A Transformative Professional Development Experience Centered on Student and Teacher Success
PLTW Engineering Professional Development is a dynamic learning experience for teachers focused on robust and flexible instructional support, on-demand resources, and a close-knit community of collaboration with fellow educators.
PLTW Engineering teachers begin their professional development tracks by completing pre-requisite courses that introduce educators to PLTW and provide them with essential foundational knowledge.
Then, through PLTW Virtual Core Training, teachers are empowered to develop the skills and tools they need to inspire students. This training experience is focused on pedagogy and in-depth exploration of the PLTW Engineering coursework teachers will lead in their classrooms.
Following PLTW Virtual Core Training, PLTW teachers have access to ongoing learning opportunities that help them progress and flourish through online continuing education.
Student-Centered, Balanced Assessment
Our assessment experts collaborate with classroom teachers and apply industry best practices and methods to design, test, and implement assessments for our network of schools.
PLTW supports a balanced approach to assessment for all programs, integrating both formative and summative assessments that allow teachers to monitor student progress and modify instruction as needed. Through a balanced assessment approach, assessment is an ongoing activity. Students demonstrate their knowledge throughout the course by completing activities, projects, and problems using a variety of assessment tools – such as performance rubrics, reflective questioning, portfolio reviews, and End-of-Course (EoC) assessments – to deepen and expand their knowledge and skills.