Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is focused on introducing and preparing middle and high school students for engineering and technical careers of the future. Particularly, PLTW provides a rigorous, project-based curriculum meeting national science and math standards, professional development for teachers and guidance counselors and a comprehensive national support network.
A minimum of one PLTW course will be offered at all three middle schools and at North and South High Schools during the 2009-2010 school year. Additional courses will be offered in subsequent years.
Students who successfully complete: Introduction to Industrial Design, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics may take an advanced placement test that could provide college credit at various public and private college throughout Wisconsin. College credit agreements can be viewed at: http://www.pltwwi.org/
PLTW courses are accessible to college-bound engineering students as well as students who may not have thought of college and a career in a technical field. The courses aim to instill problem-solving, teamwork, communication and leadership skills in students as well as help them build the math, science and technology skills to prepare for and succeed in tomorrow’s careers.
Thanks to the generous financial commitments received from the Brotz Foundation, Pentair Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, Sheboygan Public Education Foundation, Carl Perkins Grant, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Wigwam Mills, Thomas Industries and Donohue & Associates, we have met our “support needed” goal through 2011.
Dozens of area companies have also agreed to partner with the SASD’s PLTW program in the following ways:
- Be a guest speaker in a PLTW classroom
- Serve on the PLTW Community Partnership Team
- Offer tours of their business
- Discuss challenges/rewards in the field of engineering and technology
- Advise how to use specific equipment
- Serve as a mentor
- Evaluate students’ oral presentations
- Be a student project leader