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Project Lead The Way Program Descriptions


Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) offers a dynamic high school program that provides students with real-world learning and hands-on experience. Students interested in engineering, biomechanics, aeronautics, biomedical sciences and other applied math and science arenas will discover PLTW is an exciting portal into these industries.

PLTW Engineering Program (9-12)

PLTW Engineering engages students in collaborative, real-world activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. By pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, students learn that both failed attempts and perseverance are key to learning and innovation. This program includes multiple one-year courses.

PLTW Biomedical Science Program (9-12)

PLTW Biomedical Science students step into the roles of medical investigators, surgeons, and biomedical engineers. The program's collaborative, hands-on explorations inspire students to make an impact on the lives of those around them, while preparing them with the know-how and experience to make their ideas
a reality. This program includes multiple one-year courses.  

PLTW Computer Science Program (9-12)

PLTW Computer Science engages students in real-world activities like creating an online art portal or using automation to process and analyze DNA-sequence data. These projects illustrate how intricately computer science is woven into our society, challenge students to apply computational thinking and logic to solve big problems, and transform students into builders of tech. This program includes multiple one-year courses. 

PLTW Gateway Program (6-8)

PLTW Gateway illuminates the range of paths and possibilities students can look forward to in high school and beyond. Students apply knowledge and skill from a variety of disciplines, including all three PLTW pathways, in the program's nine-week units. Tackling challenges like designing tires for a moon rover, cleaning up an oil spill, or solving a medical mystery, students learn to test their limits and connect what they learn in the classroom to making a real-world impact. 

PLTW Launch Program (K-5)

PLTW Launch taps into students, exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering-now and for years to come. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations, students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and learn to try and try again when faced with challenges. This program has 24 interdisciplinary 10-hour modules.