Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national non-profit organization that began in 1998 in upstate New York, created to address the country’s need for more leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). PLTW prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.
PLTW uses an engaging, hands-on curriculum that encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning.
- PLTW programs are nationally recognized and have partnerships with more than 100 institutions of higher learning to create additional opportunities for students and teachers.
PLTW students have a higher retention rate in college engineering, science, and related programs than non-PLTW students.
80 percent of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology, or computer science in college whereas the national average in 32 percent.
PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving.
- PLTW is the largest non-profit provider of innovative and rigorous STEM education programs. More than 350,000 students at nearly 4,000 schools have taken part in PLTW classes.
PLTW teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
PLTW alumni study engineering and technology at 5 to 10 times the rate of non-PLTW students.