Project Lead the Way

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Project Lead the Way[1]
Project Lead The Way logo
Abbreviation PLTW
Founded 1997; 21 years ago (1997)
Type Educational
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
President & CEO
Vince Bertram, Ed.D.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an American nonprofit organization that develops STEM curricula for use by US elementary, middle, and high schools.


PLTW's mission is to prepare students for the global economy by providing K-12 STEM programs to public, private, and charter schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in rural, urban, and suburban districts.[citation needed] The program offers a problem-based curriculum combined with a teacher professional development.

AP + PLTW[edit]

In 2015, College Board partnered with Project Lead The Way in an effort to encourage STEM majors.[2] Students who have successfully passed at least three exams (one AP exam, one PLTW exam, and another AP or PLTW exam) are eligible to receive the AP + PLTW Student Recognition for one or more of the following: Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Computer Science.[3]

Payment and distribution[edit]

Schools that register with PLTW pay a flat participation fee that includes the curriculum, all required course software, access to school and technical support, and access to PLTW's learning management system.[4] Teachers who instruct the Project Lead The Way curriculum are required to take part in PLTW's three-phase professional development program.[5]

Financial support for PLTW[edit]

Governments of several states, including New York, Indiana, Iowa, and South Carolina, have provided funding to PLTW to support future development.[6]

The Kern Family Foundation of Wisconsin provides financial support for the program in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. Kern first became involved with PLTW in Wisconsin in 2004 as one of several programs it funds in an attempt to enhance U.S. economic competitiveness by trying to qualify more students for engineering and technology careers.[6][7] The foundation's expenditures in support of the funding of PLTW total more than $23 million.[7] Other foundations funding PLTW include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Conrad Foundation.[8]


  1. ^ "Project Lead the Way trademark (serial number 85750579; registration number 4346598)". U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. June 4, 2013. Comprehensive educational programs and training in various fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, digital technology, biomedicine, information technology, environmental science, power production and distribution and manufacturing science and providing advanced educational curricula and educational resources in the nature of written documents, text files, and electronic, audio and video materials therewith. Used by Mr Barge 
  2. ^ "College Board Launches STEM 'Credential' Initiative". Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "AP + PLTW". Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "PLTW Program Enhancements FAQs" (PDF). Project Lead The Way. 21 February 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Who We Are". Project Lead the Way. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b John Schmid (July 8, 2007). "Innovator fears U.S. losing edge; Generac Power founder Kern aims to revive nation's engineering education". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  7. ^ a b "Project Lead the Way". Kern Family Foundation. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Getting Started 2012-13" (PDF). Project Lead the Way. 2012. 

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