In our Launch program, K-5 students build robots, learn about the science of motion, and the differences between genetic traits and those influenced by our environment.
Engaging students at a young age builds confidence, grows interest, and puts them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Through PLTW Launch, our program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes.
In the Gateway program for 6-8, students discover coding, DNA and crime scene analysis, and architectural design through build roller coasters and other projects
Through topics like coding and robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, middle school students engage their natural curiosity and imagination in creative problem solving. PLTW Gateway is a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges, such as cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives.
Our Engineering Program is available to high school students. Students can take Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering, applying research and design principles through yearlong courses.
PLTW Engineering classes empowers students to apply engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context.
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) –
Students use the design process and industry standard 3D modeling software to design solutions to solve proposed problems. This class is recommended as foundational class for the Principles of Engineering course.
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.