WELCOME TO PLTW AT SJSU

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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.

The website also augments the periodically distributed newsletter by providing quick access to information including archived newsletters.

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-related 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!

Elementary Schools

Launch is 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…

Middle Schools

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

High Schools

Pathway to Engineering

Is 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 Sciences

Students interested in math, science, and the human body. More Info…