Project Lead the Way

Preparing Students for the Global Economy

VEX Robotics Competition at the 2010 PLTW National Innovation SummitProject Lead The Way (PLTW), a nation-wide, nonprofit program that is helping curb the nation’s ever growing shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. MSOE has been involved with PLTW since 2004, serving as the National Affiliate University for the PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering Program in the state of Wisconsin, and was selected as the Affiliate for the Biomedical Science program in 2011. The emphasis of the courses is to introduce the scope, rigor and discipline that engineering, engineering technology and biomedical science programs require.

The Kern Family Foundation, a major proponent of the program, has played a significant role in providing Wisconsin with the distinction of having the largest participating school district in the country and the fourth largest number of participating schools.

Benefit to Students

The Project Lead The Way program uses a hands-on approach to learning which shows students how math and science integrates into real life. The program touches a wide array of students, many of whom normally wouldn’t have considered engineering, a technical field or a biomedical sciences field. PLTW students have performed better than their college-prep counterparts in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments. MSOE knows that PLTW students are prepared for the academic rigor that awaits them in college because of their experience in the PLTW curriculum.

MSOE is ready to invest in your future. With our PLTW scholarship, a student can receive $3,000/year renewable scholarship, in additional to merit based scholarships and more. For the Fall 2012, the average scholarships and grants award to PLTW students is $21,700. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit our scholarship page.

Results that Show

  • About 90% of PLTW students surveyed at the end of their senior year said they had a clear sense of the types of college majors and jobs they intended to pursue. In Wisconsin, 80% of those students indicated their primary area of study would be in engineering, technology or computer science.
  • Native American and Hispanic students, traditionally underrepresented in math and science courses nationwide, are proportionately represented in PLTW.
  • Male and female achievement levels on end-of-course exams are equal in all courses.
  • MSOE is the second largest teacher training site in the nation.
  • PLTW classrooms are in more than 4,000 schools in all 50 states, serving more than 350,000 students.

 

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