by Paul Mizer – C.W. Baker High School ~ Baldwinsville CSD
Project Lead The Way Inc. (PLTW) is a national program forming partnerships among Public Schools, Higher Education Institutions and the Private Sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our education system. First developed in the 1980’s in the Shenendahoa school district, and adopted in CNY in 1998, PLTW is now offered in over 45 states and the District of Columbia.
PLTW provides local, state and national organization for leadership and support, a model
curriculum, teacher training and development through its affiliation with some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and a network of consultants throughout the country. PLTW has developed a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology priorto entering college.
The courses are:
Introduction to Engineering Design
Principles of Engineering
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Engineering Design and Development
A critical component of the Project Lead The Way program is its comprehensive teacher training
model. The curriculum these teachers are required to teach utilizes cutting edge technology and
software requiring specialized training.
(Printed with permission from PLTW organization)