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Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) believes 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 pre-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.

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.



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Program Options – Pathways of Study

PLTW Launch - PLTW Launch’s 28 interdisciplinary modules bring learning to life. The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge. Learn more here: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-launch

PLTW Gateway - Gateway’s 10 units empower students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond. Learn more here: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-gateway

PLTW Engineering - 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. Learn more here: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-engineering

PLTW Biomedical - Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place. PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. 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 Biomedical Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW biomedical science pathway. Learn more here: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-biomedical-science

PLTW Computer Science - The program’s interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and become better thinkers and communicators. 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 Computer Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW computer science pathway. Learn more here: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-computer-science

Starting PLTW at Your School or District

Joining the PLTW network means you’re part of a community united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. Once you add PLTW to your district or school, you have access to curriculum, assessments, teacher training, and ongoing program support. PLTW students are afforded a variety of opportunities including scholarships, preferred admission at colleges and universities, industry connections, and avenues to highlight achievements. https://www.pltw.org/get-started

Professional Development

Our professional development is designed to create dynamic learning experiences for educators through powerful and flexible instructional support, as well as an ongoing professional community. PLTW’s approach to professional development prepares educators to lead the engaging PLTW experience in their classrooms and also provides continuing support. https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/professional-development



PLTW Regional Representative: Kathy Van Kley; Director of School Engagement ND/SD, 605-670-9437.


For more information, contact Kara Schweitzer or Jane Gubrud at the Department of Education's Division of Career and Technical Education at (605) 773-3423.