The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics instructional program that engages student activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APB) learning that helps students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life. The APB approach scaffolds student learning through structured activities and projects that empower students to become independent in the classroom and help them build skill sets to apply to an open-ended design problem.
    This approach provides students with unique opportunities to work collaboratively, identify problems, apply what they know, persevere through challenges, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.
    PLTW Pathway to Engineering (PTE) is a four-year elective course of study.
    The PLTW courses meet graduation requirements for 21st Century Life and Careers or Career-Technical Education.

    End of Course (EoC) Assessments

    EoC assessments are online exams given at the end of PLTW high school courses1. EoCs serve as an indicator of a student’s overall achievement in the course using a common standard for high school students nationwide. 
    PLTW's assessment and curriculum experts collaborate with PLTW pilot teachers and use industry best practices to develop and test EoC assessments. We validate new EoCs through a multi-year process to ensure the accuracy of the assessments, and we continuously update them to ensure validity and reliability. 
    [1] This excludes capstone courses, which provide portfolio-based opportunities for assessments.
    ** Teachers schedule these assessments near the end of the school year- please contact your child’s teacher if you need more information.

    College credit for PLTW courses available from various colleges and universities.

    PLTW students have exclusive access to a variety of recognition opportunities including scholarships, preferred admission at colleges and universities, internships, industry connections, and other avenues to highlight their achievements.  
    • College/university opportunities: Colleges and universities across the U.S. recognize and reward PLTW students for their great work. These postsecondary institutions recognize PLTW students with scholarships, admissions preference, course credit, and more. Learn More

    Rowan University

    Students who attend Rowan University in one of the engineering majors may receive course credit for two freshman year courses- Freshman Engineering Clinic I and Freshman Engineering Clinic II.
    The student must achieve an average stanine score of 5.5 and no score lower than 4.0 on the Project Lead the Way end-of-course exam for each course. The student must be accepted into one of the Rowan University engineering programs. Students interested in receiving credit for these two courses should contact the PLTW Affiliate Director (Dr. Cleary) during orientation in the summer prior to their freshman year at Rowan.

    Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.)

    Get a head start on your college career and add prestige to your admissions applications by receiving college credits from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  These are transcripted credits and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.  One of the most important benefits of having RIT credit is that, during the college application process, admissions officers look favorably on a student who has already completed college-level courses.  See the link below for specific dates and courses eligible.

    Project Lead the Way (Pathway to Engineering) courses offered in the LRHSD

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)                    Year 1
    Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

    Aerospace Engineering          HON          Year 2-Lenape only
    This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.


    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)          HON          Year 2-Lenape only
    Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.


    Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)          HON          Year 2-Cherokee only
    Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software. 


    Environmental Sustainability (ED)          HON          Year 2-Seneca and Shawnee only
    In ES, students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges.


    Principles of Engineering (POE)          HON          Year 3
    Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.


    Engineering Design and Development (EDD)          HON          Year 4
    The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.