What if satellites had metal-like skins that could repair themselves from damage in space? What if old high-rise buildings could be turned into vertical farms to help fight world hunger? Picture a 3D cell-phone screen strapped to your wrist.

How about turning pond scum into green fuel? Or rearranging the molecules of your blood to fight off deadly diseases? These and countless other life-changing innovations are taking shape in labs, in test tubes and on computer screens by engineers and
scientists around the world. But they all have one thing in common. They all come from imaginative thinking.

Right now there’s a classroom in your school where you too can begin to dream up tomorrow’s wonders – a space of imagination, innovation and learning that could only be called an Innovation Zone.

PLTW’s hands-on, Activities-, Project-, Problem-Based (APPB) comprehensive curriculum is aligned with relevant national standards and is collaboratively developed and updated by subject matter experts – including teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators.

PLTW’s programs emphasize critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on learning engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they may not otherwise pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to post-secondary training and career success in STEM-related fields.

PLTW ‘s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) and Biomedical Sciences (BMS) programs for high schools and the Gateway To Technology (GTT) program for middle schools set the highest standards for rigorous, focused and engaging study, developing students’ innovative, collaborative, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Our courses are designed to appeal to all students and help them make the critical connections between STEM principles and solving the real challenges in our communities and the world.

Benefits of the PLTW program include:

  • A comprehensive, turnkey curriculum package
  • Online resources and professional communities
  • A program based on national standards
  • Teacher training (PLTW Core Training) through our University Affiliates
  • Conferences for school counselors and administrators that demonstrate how courses fit into students academic and career paths
  • End-of-Course assessments
  • Access to a nationwide support network that includes postsecondary institutions, state education officials, business and industry partners and professional associations.