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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Overview Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Overview

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Project Lead The Way Inc. (PLTW)

PLTW is all about teaching and learning. The hands-on, project and problem-based approach adds rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics.

pltw small logo   PLTW is a  501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation
pltw small logo    PLTW works with schools to implement an instructional program to prepare students to be successful in post secondary science,  engineering, and engineering technology programs
pltw logo small  There is no cost to schools to register with PLTW, and the curricula is free
pltw logo small  The primary goal is to grow the nation’s science, engineering, and technology workforce

The PLTW Model

pltw logo small  Rigorous & relevant curriculum for students including:
  • End-of-course exams
  • College credit options
  • School Certification
  • Partnerships
  • pltw logo small  Rigorous & relevant professional development for teachers including:
  • Summer Training Institute
  • Virtual Academy
  • Technical Support
  • The PLTW Philosophy

    PLTW’s middle and high school programs:

    pltw logo small  meet national standards for mathematics, science, technology education, and English language arts
    pltw logo small  offer a complete career/technical concentration with an emphasis on both mathematics and science
    pltw small logo  link demanding mathematics and science courses with quality academic/technical courses

    PLTW’s curricula make math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. This approach is called activities-based learning, project-based learning, and problem-based learning (or APPB-learning, for short). Research shows that schools practicing APPB-learning experience an increase in student motivation, cooperative learning skills, higher-order thinking, and student achievement.

    PLTW in Indiana

    Over 230 schools in Indiana offer the PLTW Pre-engineering curriculum, making Indiana #1 in the country for this innovative curriculum.

     Purdue University is the Indiana Affiliate University for PLTW Pre-engineering.

    Fifteen Indiana schools are field testing the new PLTW Biomedical Sciences curriculum, making Indiana #1 in the country for this innovative curriculum.

      Indiana University is the Indiana Affiliate University for PLTW Biomedical Sciences.