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Title: PLTW is preparing students for the global economy through its world-class STEM curriculum, high quality professional development and engaged network.

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  • PLTW is preparing students for the global economy
    through its world-class STEM curriculum, high
    quality professional development and engaged

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Innovation Zone
  • The PLTW Innovation Zone (aka the classroom) is
    an engaging and thought-provoking space, where
    students develop critical thinking skills through
    hands-on project-based learning, preparing them
    to take on real-world challenges.

Innovation Zone Characteristics
Innovation Zone
  • Cutting-edge technology, equipment and materials
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-solving rather than lectures
  • Relevant subject matter
  • Invested teachers
  • College credit for high school courses

Innovation Zones are Idea Factories
Innovation Zone
  • Discovering a new patented biofuel process
  • Designing alternate housing projects
  • Testing cutting edge wind turbines
  • Programming robotics
  • Conducting DNA gel electrophoresis

Innovation for Everyone
  • PLTW programs engage, encourage and educate
    students of diverse backgrounds helping them all
    to become college and career ready including
    students whose experience in the sciences and
    math has been less comprehensive, or who might
    find themselves uninterested in traditional STEM

Embracing diversity also means
  • STEM background is not a prerequisite for
  • Strong partnerships with colleges, corporations
    and philanthropic organizations ensure coursework
    is relevant and classes are equipped with up to
    date technology and equipment
  • The program is continually energized with new
    talent and fresh thinking

The Facts
  • Over 400,000 students in more than 4,200 schools
    in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • Over 10,500 teachers trained
  • 51 University affiliates, including Duke
    University, University of Minnesota, California
    State University
  • Partnerships with Fortune 100 and 500 companies,
    and forward-thinking philanthropic organizations,
    including Autodesk, Intel, General Electric and
    Kern Family Foundation

Professional Development
An intensive and comprehensive training program
for teachers
Professional Development
  • Self-Assessment and Pre-Core Training
  • 2-week Core Training that PLTW teachers are
    required to complete before teaching a PLTW
  • Virtual Academy for Teachers, which provides
    detailed materials for each lesson in every PLTW
    course many videos of PLTW Master Teachers
    teaching actual PLTW lessons and, collaboration
    tools, including forums for teachers to use to
    ask questions, to update each other on changes,
    and to discuss PLTW lessons.

  • The PLTW program is designed to be flexible and
    customizable for schools. It allows teachers to
    use the PLTW curriculum and program training,
    along with their own ideas, experiences, and
    learning to ignite imagination and innovation in
    their own ways in the classroom.

More Participation. More Opportunities.
  • PLTWs flexibility provides all schools an
    opportunity to participate large or small,
    public or private, rural or suburban
  • Schools and teachers customize implementation to
    fit their needs
  • Numerous funding sources are available to support

More Participation. More Opportunities.
  • In Milwaukee, GE Healthcare and Rockwell
    Automation participate as mentors in the
  • The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education
    Foundation has committed funds for PLTW summer
  • The California State University system launched
    an Engineering Academies Initiative

Outstanding Outcomes
Our Students Perform
Outstanding Outcomes
  • PLTW students outperform non-PLTW students
  • Significantly more Project Lead The Way students
    met the readiness goals on the 2008 High Schools
    That Work (HSTW) Assessment tests in reading,
    mathematics and science compared with HSTW
    students in similar career/technical fields and
    HSTW students in all career/technical fields.
  • (2009 Southern Region Educational Board Report)

Closing The Achievement Gap
Outstanding Outcomes
  • All of the PLTW students in a 2009 University of
    Wisconsin, Milwaukee study begin middle school
    (6th grade) at lower proficiency in math, reading
    and science and with lower attendance rates than
    the control group of non-PLTW students. The study
    showed that by 8th grade, those gaps had been
  • (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Report
    December 2009)
  • Project Lead the Way has been an effective
    program during the past three years at narrowing
    the achievement gap for Hispanic/Latino students
    in all four core areas.
  • (Analysis of Student Achievement and Programs
    2007, Galt Joint Union High School District)

PLTW High School Grads are College and Career
Outstanding Outcomes
  • A survey of PLTW seniors at the end of their
    senior year found that 92 intended to pursue a
    four-year degree or higher, 51 intended to
    pursue a graduate degree, and 70 intended to
    study engineering, technology or computer
    science. By comparison, 67 of all beginning
    post-secondary students intended to pursue a
    bachelors degree or higher as reported by the
    National Center for Education Statistics. These
    results are consistent with results and
    conclusions for the past two years.
  • (True Outcomes 2009)

PLTW College Freshmen Stick with Innovation
Outstanding Outcomes
  • In 2006-2007, first-year retention of all
    students (freshmen to sophomore) was 76 (76
    stayed with their declared major). In contrast,
    100 of Milwaukee Schools of Engineerings PLTW
    students remained in their declared major.
  • (Milwaukee School of Engineering 2008 Report)

Middle School Gateway To Technology
Gateway To Technology MS
  • Foundation Units
  • Design and Modeling
  • Solid modeling software introduces students to
    the design process
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Students trace the history, development, and
    influence of automation and robotics

  • Specialization Units
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Students investigate the importance of energy in
    our lives and the impact that using energy has on
    the environment
  • Flight and Space
  • Aeronautics, propulsion, and rocketry
  • Green Architecture
  • Students generate environmentally friendly
    structures using 3D architectural software
  • Magic of Electrons
  • Students unravel the mystery of digital circuitry
  • Science of Technology
  • Impact of science on technology throughout

High School Pathway To Engineering
Pathway To Engineering HS
  • Foundation Courses
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • 3D computer modeling software study of the
    design process
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Exploration of technology systems and engineering

Pathway To Engineering HS
  • Foundation Courses
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  • Aerodynamics, astronautics, space-life sciences,
    and systems engineering
  • Biotechnical Engineering (BE)
  • Biomechanics, genetic engineering, and forensics
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  • Students collaborate on the development of
    community-based building projects
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
  • Robotics and automated manufacturing production
    of 3-D designs
  • Digital Electronics (DE)
  • Use of computer simulation to learn the logic of
  • Capstone Course
  • Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
  • Teams of students, guided by community mentors,
    research, design, and construct solutions to
    engineering problems

High School Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences HS
  • Foundation Courses
  • Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
  • Study of human body systems and health conditions
  • Human Body Systems (HBS)
  • Exploring science in action, students build
    organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin and play
    the role of biomedical professionals to solve
    medical mysteries
  • Medical Interventions (MI)
  • Investigation of interventions involved in the
    prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Capstone Course
  • Biomedical Innovation (BI)
  • Students design innovative solutions for the
    health challenges of the 21st century

Join Us In Leading The Way
  • Our Mission To prepare students for the global
    economy, ensuring that PLTW students are the most
    innovative and productive in the world
  • Committed to nurturing student creativity and
    curiosity while further developing their
    communication, collaboration, and critical
    thinking skills necessary for success
  • Helping America succeed in the increasingly
    high-tech and high-skill global economy
  • Goal 1,000,000 students and 10,000 schools by
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