PLTW Gateway – Middle School STEM Curriculum (6-8)

Connecting Students to Their Greatest Potential

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Illuminate Possibilities

Students need exploration and a chance to see futures. They need to understand and "try on" all the paths they possibly can.

PLTW Gateway (6-8) opens paths that create meaningful futures. It connects students to careers in areas they can, and can't, imagine and that are in high demand.

Through connections to careers and real-world problems, the students imagine, discover, and practice the range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond. Students begin to lead their own learning and explore computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, boosting classroom engagement and excitement, supporting teamwork, and inspiring deep comprehension. And by challenging themselves to rework and refine their projects, students learn that failure and persistence are keys to learning and innovation.

Additionally, to support rigorous learning for all students, including America’s five million English Language Learners, all PLTW Gateway students and teachers have access to curriculum in both English and Spanish.

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In one word, exposure. My students are learning about different careers and different pathways, not only (for) high school, but past high school, that they've never even thought about before, that they knew nothing about.

- Christopher Daniel PLTW Gateway Teacher, Ohio

I have students who are autistic who rarely work with others. One particular student who prefers to work alone and is not very vocal, successfully completed his project and presentation. He did an amazing job. I know that it took a tremendous amount of courage for him to stand in front of the classroom and discuss what he had created.

- Tarina Owens PLTW Gateway Teacher, Indiana

Students are accessed in a completely different way than they have been accessed before. So they find learning fun in this classroom, and then they take that to their other classes and they can find learning fun there.

- Ralph Alvarado PLTW Gateway Teacher, Louisiana

Propel the Adventure of Their Imagined Futures!

Create Career Confidence

Expose students to and guide them through the wealth of in-demand opportunities awaiting them.

Energize Engagement

Inspire impassioned students to work together, solve problems, and persevere in a vibrant, dynamic environment.

Amplify Equity

Foster interaction and social emotional learning for all students, especially underrepresented and female students.

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Explore PLTW Middle School Curriculum Units

Each PLTW Gateway unit engages students in middle school STEM curriculum that not only builds knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.

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We offer more than STEM curricula. PLTW schools and students are set up for long-term success.

Dynamic and Meaningful Professional Development for Teachers

PLTW Core Training is a robust and interactive professional development experience that empowers teachers to facilitate engaging and meaningful learning for their students.

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Funding and Grant Opportunities

Make PLTW happen in your school through a variety of available funding and grant opportunities.

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Assessments Designed to Mirror PLTW’s Transformative Learning Experience

Using innovative, inquiry-based items, PLTW’s redesigned Assessments measure a broader range of knowledge, skills, and cognitive abilities, and deliver a dynamic experience that is authentic to the learning environment of the PLTW classroom.

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Start transforming your middle school classroom with PLTW today

Provide your middle school students with access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond.