Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders—the students of today—must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world. STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities, projects, and problem-based learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum for engineering science has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem-solving skills in students. The PLTW curriculum is founded in the fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), but at the same time integrates national academic and technical learning standards and STEM principles, creating what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls one of the “great models of the new CTE succeeding all across the country.” PLTW was recently cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a “model for 21st-century career and technical education.”College Credit: Available college credit awarded upon meeting articulation requirementsCertifications: Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Microsoft Office Specialist Excel, Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Specialist OutlookStudent Organization/Competitions: SkillsUSA
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.
Digital Electronics (DE)
Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in the industry.
Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.
Teacher Contact Information
Normandy High SchoolFrank CasalinovaBick FielderJohn SilvaParma Senior High SchoolNathan NewmanDave Planty
Valley Forge High SchoolJesse BachMichael McKenna: