Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate.
PLTW forms partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from the country’s educational system. The program offers a hands-on, project-based approach to learning that better prepares students for the rigors of college. The program incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills needed for success.
Taking PLTW courses can help students decide whether an engineering-related career is right for them. In addition, students from PLTW-certified schools may, if they meet the requirements, apply for RIT college credit for those courses.
Counselors and administrators play integral roles in the success of their students in the PLTW program which include advising and recruiting students into the courses, guiding them to pursue careers in STEM fields, and advocating support for the school’s PLTW program.