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.
 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
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.)
Secondary school students from any PLTW school may apply for RIT college credit for five of the PLTW courses (IED, POE, DE, CEA and CIM). In 2017, RIT eligibility requirements are students must have an 85% class average and receive on the End of Course (EoC) assessment exam a 6 or higher (6 = C; 7 = B; 8 and 9 = A). The RIT grade is based solely on the End of Course (EoC) score.
For the students meeting these criteria, RIT awards 3 semester credits for each of the five courses. The cost is $225 per course.
The deadline for students registering for RIT credit for the 2016-17 school year is Nov. 2, 2017.
Students who are graduating in May/June 2017 or for Junior’s who have a fall deadline for applications at colleges it is recommended that the registration form/payment be sent in by July 15, 2017.
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.
Environmental Sustainability (ED) Shawnee and Seneca Year 2
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.
Digital Electronics (DE) Cherokee Year 2
From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Lenape Year 2
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.
Principles of Engineering (POE) 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) 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.