West Oakland Middle School

Oakland, CA

       The PLTW GTT program at West Oakland Middle Schools is in its first year and the Phoenix is truly rising. Our PLTW GTT program has gotten off to a great start and both 7th and 8th grade students are excelling. From understanding the design process to utilizing it to create the ultimate locker, our young engineers are taking on the challenges of the future.

        We have been busy learning about future careers in engineering and sustainability, how to code and create our own video games and all about mechanical advantage. This past month we learned about how sustainability will shape our lives in the future. The young engineers at WOMS researched careers in sustainability and how they inform the practices of many fields including: business, science, nursing and entertainment to name a few. As we embark on our Automation and Robotics we are excited to use our knowledge of coding and building to create mechanisms and robots. This has been an inspired year at WOMS and the PLTW GTT program is opening students' eyes to the possibilities within STEM. 
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This website provides Bay Area educators and counselors with local information about PLTW activity, keeps you informed about professional development opportunities, and provides a networking tool to link you with other Bay Area educators and counselors in the PLTW network.

What is PLTW?

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nationally recongized STEM program addressing the Need for increasing the number of engineers to compete in global economic market. With the United States ranked 17th in Science and 25th in Mathematics and with over 1.2 million STEM-relPLTW logoated jobs projected to go unfilled by 2018, PLTW is part of the solution by providing engineering and biomedial science curriculum to high school, middle schools and now, elementary schools.

PLTW is a hands-on, activities-project-problem-based (APPB) curriculum aligned with relevant national standards (e.g., Common Core). The program emphasizes critical thinking, creativity and real-world problem solving.

PLTW is one of the four organizations recognized for outstanding quality (Elite List of STEM organization). The only in-school STEM program offering a comprehensive professional development model for high school, middle school and elementary school teachers. PLTW had programs in more than 4700 and serving more than half a million students in all 50 states!



Launch – A program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. More Info…


Gateway to Technology – Provides engineering and
biomedical science curriculum for middle schools. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. More Info…


Pathway to Engineering
– About applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. More Info…


Computer Science and Software Engineering - PLTW is launching a four-year computer science pathway for high school students. More Info…
BioMedical Science - For students interested in math, science, and the human body. More Info…