Project Lead The Way

  • Applied learning: Hands on, relevant and compelling; students solve real world problems deploying the skills and tools professionals use.

  • K-12 pathways: Vertically aligned courses that are tied to standards to provide students sustained and meaningful STEM learning experiences.

  • Effective teacher training: Powerful, relevant professional training that allows teachers to experience the applied learning approach by being hands on learners themselves.

  • Backed by evidence: In 25+ studies PLTW is linked with increases in math and science achievement, college-going rates, and interest in STEM subjects. Learn more about the impact of PLTW.

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One8 Foundation School Grants

Interested in bringing PLTW to your school? Learn more about Grants from the One8 Foundation.

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Educator Resources

Mass STEM Hub works with educators to provide professional development, student opportunities, industry opportunities and more.

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Mass STEM Hub Programming

Why students showcasing their work matters

Feeling their school work is important and relevant and having an adult validate and foster their efforts are critical components to positive student engagement.1

Mass STEM Hub creates in-person and virtual opportunities for students to receive genuine feedback on their projects from industry professionals. These experiences amplify learning and have students see why what they are learning in school will be relevant to their futures.

Students in PLTW’s middle school Design & Modeling course learn about the engineering design process and about cerebral palsy. Students prototype an adaptive toy for children with the disease, and have the chance to present to Boston Children’s Hospital doctors specializing in cerebral palsy at Mass STEM Hub’s Design Showcase.

1. Gallup Survey 2016 “How to Keep Kids Excited About Schools,” Valerie Calderon

We're in the classroom and yes we have to use the design process there - but hearing people that are in the real world and doing it every day... it's so incredible that we get to talk to them about it - and see that they do it too.

12th grade student
Mass STEM Hub High School Showcase, 2019

By the Numbers: Project Lead The Way in Massachusetts

  • 47,000

    Students

  • 255

    Schools

  • 123

    Districts

  • Students enjoy and value PLTW courses

    70% of students agree what they learn in PLTW classes is important and will help them in future courses.

  • Teachers are happy teaching PLTW

    66% of teachers report increased satisfaction with teaching following their experience with PLTW courses.

  • PLTW improves student achievement

    Participating in PLTW coursework is associated with increases in student MCAS scores, especially in science and especially in high school.

  • PLTW is for all students

    The benefits of taking PLTW courses are as large for students with disabilities and students who are disadvantaged as for other students.

Results based on first year results of a six-year longitudinal study of the impact of scaling PLTW in Massachusetts. Read the full research report here.

STEM Professionals

Are you interested in inspiring the next generation of problem solvers? Learn about opportunities to share your expertise with students.

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