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Project Lead the Way STEM Program




The US Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields.  By 2018, the US will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs due to a shortage of qualified workers to fill them.  STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will likely be in the future.  

We are pleased to have partnered with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs to introduce our students to STEM fields and help them develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.

PLTW has four components, starting in kindergarten:

Launch introduces young minds to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math by building confidence, growing interest, and putting them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school, and beyond. 

Through PLTW Launch, our kindergarten through fifth graders become problem solvers, using structured approaches like the engineering design process and critical thinking skills.  They apply their STEM knowledge and learn that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. 

Gateway engages students' natural curiousity and imagination.  

Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore, and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution.  PLTW Gateway provides engineering, biomedical, and computer science curricula that challenges, inspires, and offers schools variety and flexibility.  Students receive rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.

Engineering  advances students' ability to innovate, think critically, and collaborate to solve problems.

PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology concepts to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context.  Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer.  They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.

Biomedical Science brings the future of the biomedical sciences alive!  

From the moment they walk into the first course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students are immersed in the mysterious death of the fictitional character, "Anna," and are asked to investigate, document, and analyze evidence to solve the case.  Case-based scenarios span all PLTW Biomedical Science courses.  Students explore a range of careers in biomedical science as they learn content in the context of real-world, hands-on activities, projects, and problems.