Project Lead The Way is a nationally-recognized program that offers a different approach to learning and teaching. Through activity, project, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives Greater Clark County Schools students in middle and high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For teachers, the engaging, rigorous professional development model provides tools to empower students and transform the classroom into a collaboration space where content comes to life.
Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW Gateway provides biomedical science curriculum for Greater Clark County Schools middle school students that challenges, inspires, and offers schools variety and flexibility. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking,and creativity. All seventh grade students are introduced to the biomedical aspect of the programby taking a course called Medical Detectives, while all eighth grade students are introduced to the engineering component by taking a course called Gateway to Technology.
Greater Clark County Schools’ high school students have the opportunity to take coursework in the Engineering and/or Biomedical Science pathways of the program. PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the “right” answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.
PLTW students have said that PLTW Engineering influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career. Case-based scenarios like this one span all PLTW Biomedical Science courses. Students explore a range of careers in biomedical sciences as they learn content in the context of real-world, hands-on activities, projects, and problems.