Exhibit Hall

Project Lead The Way STEM Programs: Creating Partnerships for Massachusetts K-12 Students & Teachers

Presented by: Project Lead The Way

Strand: K-12 Education

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s innovative, hands-on, activities, projects, and problems-based (APPB) integrated STEM curriculum, and high-quality teacher professional development model create engaging PLTW classrooms that empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. More than 10,000 U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools offer the PLTW curriculum, including over 125 Massachusetts schools.

PLTW curricular programs are aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards, and other national standards. The curriculum nurtures curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM while promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, teamwork, and STEM career options. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school, and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. The curriculum is collaboratively developed and consistently reviewed and improved by PLTW staff, teachers, university educators, industry experts, and school administrators.

Explore the five available PLTW curricular programs: Launch for grades K-5, Gateway for grades 6-8, and the three high school programs (Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Science). Learn about the APPB teaching and learning model for curriculum development that has broad applications for educators. View/try student activities. Receive a free unplugged K-5 Computer Science activity. Hear about the partnerships that are created through our PLTW programs. Learn about the professional development opportunities available through Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and online through the PLTW Learning Management System.

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Hosted & sponsored by

Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Massachusetts Business Roundtable UMass Donahue Institute WGBH