About Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities and professionals. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success.
Saint Paul’s offers three high school PLTW programs:
The Hornbeck Offshore Pathway To Engineering Program: Pathway To Engineering (PTE) is intended for grades nine through twelve. PTE explores the design process and links STEM principles to relevant problem-solving activities. Courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses and can serve as the foundation for STEM-centered or specialized academies. PTE is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields. Saint Paul’s is a certified PLTW Engineering School.
Pontchartrain Cancer Center Biomedical Sciences Program: The Biomedical Sciences Program (BMS) is intended for grades nine through twelve and explores human medicine, bioinformatics, cell biology, genetics, diseases, and other biomedical topics through relevant problem-solving activities. BMS courses complement traditional science courses and can serve as the foundation for STEM-centered or specialized academies. BMS is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in the biomedical sciences.
The Hornbeck Offshore Gateway to Technology Program: Designed for pre-freshmen grade students, Gateway to Technology introduces students to a variety of concepts in science, math, engineering and technology as preparation for further development throughout high school. Students use design software and robotics to solve real-world problems as well as develop communication and collaboration skills. Topics in biology, chemistry and physics are covered through problem-based learning about diseases, the human body, atoms, and electricity.
Saint Paul’s is a certified PLTW Engineering school. The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners throughout the United States.
For individual course listings and descriptions please follow the link to each program.