What is the Project Lead the Way Program all about?
The PLTW program has a number of courses that are designed around the following benchmarks:
- To generate interest towards the technology based careers of the 21st century
- Allow students to increase learning by applying knowledge from math and science classes to solve real world problems
You should take one of the PLTW courses if:
- You enjoy being creative
- You like to make tangible projects
- You enjoy math and science
- You enjoy working with technology
What types of students have been successful in PLTW classes?
- Honors math and science students have found benefit through PLTW courses as they are challenged to apply principles from math and science.
- Students who generally need to see application of math and science to increase understanding of these subjects have found success in PLTW classes.
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Using math & science to solve practical problems
- Developing technology
Working in teams
Project Lead The Way at Metamora High School
Watch this video to find out what Project Lead The Way is all about!
Opportunities for Girls in Project Lead the Way classes:
Which Project Lead the Way course is right for you?
If you are a sophomore, you have several Project Lead The Way courses available to you. If you have not taken the Introduction to Engineering Design course and know that you would like to take two or more Project Lead The Way courses through your high school career, you are encouraged to take Introduction to Engineering Design. However, if you have already taken Introduction to Engineering Design, or if you know this is likely the only Project Lead The Way class that you will be able to take, you can enroll in either Digital Electronics or Principles of Engineering. A student does not need to have any prior knowledge of electronics before taking this course. Yet, a student does need to be very confident that they have a good understanding of Algebra I. Students do not need to have any specific knowledge of the Principles of Engineering course prior to taking it. The Principles of Engineering course tends to utilize some advanced algebra and physics with many of the projects that are constructed. As students at MTHS usually do not take physics until their junior year, most decide to take POE during that year. Yet, some students decide to take POE during their sophomore year to give them a leg up when they take physics as a junior. Although a student does not necessarily have to have the physics class prior to or during the time of taking Principles of Engineering, students should have a very firm grasp of Algebra I. Some basic Algebra with trigonometry is introduced in Principles of Engineering. Yet, a student can still be very successful in Principles of Engineering without having trigonometry at the time of taking the class.
Project Lead The Way students Tour CAT & Interview Engineers
Project Lead The Way students at Metamora High School were given a tremendous opportunity to tour a CAT facility this past fall. Included in this tour was the opportunity for students to interview practicing engineers at CAT. Many students found this to be time well spent as they were able to gain relevant advice for future school and career planning.