What is Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an innovative project-based learning program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges in an exciting and engaging way. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students not only learn technical skills, but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate. Students work though modules that consist of activities, a project and a problem. They work through three main activities where they gain knowledge and skills. Then they proceed to using those skills to investigate a meaningful project before finally transferring and applying skills in a real-world problem.
We are in our fifth year of being a PLTW Launch school! In 2017-18, we introduced two modules to second, third and fourth grades. In 2018-19, we added modules for kindergarten and first grade. We also added an additional module for second through fourth grades in 2018-19. In 2019-2020, despite a shortened year, all of our students were able to complete at least two modules in every grade. We were able to include coding modules, along with the engineering modules! During the 2020-21 school year, we re-imagined PLTW so that we could offer most of our modules in a virtual setting. Our students were able to participate through Zoom and with specially designed To-Go Bags of materials.
Due to the number of modules that we offer at each grade level and our dedication to excellence in implimentation, Baldwin has been named a PLTW Distinguished School for 2019-20 and 2020-21! We are very proud of our staff and students! Congratulations everyone!
We are looking forward to returning to our original method of delivering instruction to our students in 2021-22. In addition, we are thrilled to be adding PLTW to our Pre-Kindergarten classes this year!
Please visit the following websites to learn more about PLTW: