Project Lead The Way

Sanford Research - Project Lead the WayWhat is Project Lead The Way?
PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. As a non-profit 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. Sanford Research partnered with PLTW in 2013 as a Biomedical Affiliate  to promote STEM education across the Northern Plains.

What types of programs does Project Lead The Way offer?
Through PLTW’s K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. They apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines as they engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers.

PLTW’s five programs are:

PLTW curriculum is developed by a talented team of writers, a majority of whom are former teachers or administrators. We seek ongoing input and feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and subject matter experts. Our work is also informed by current research and experts in academics and industry to ensure that it meets the needs of students and educators.


Preparing students to thrive

STEM knowledge and skills are used in many more occupations than those traditionally thought of as science and engineering.

  • In 2010, about 5 million U.S. workers were officially classified as having a science and engineering occupation. Yet an estimated 16.5 million college-educated individuals reported that their job required at least a bachelor’s degree level of science and engineering training.

  • According to one report, there may be as many as 26 million jobs in the United States that require significant STEM knowledge and skill in at least one field. This represents nearly 20% of all U.S. jobs. (Revisiting the STEM Workforce: A Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators 2014. Arlington, Virginia: the National Science Board (NSB), 2015)

  • There is a disparaging lack of diversity among women and minority students in STEM focused studies and careers. Women constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM. Only 1 in 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman. PLTW’s programs aim to engage all students – as early as kindergarten – in STEM subjects and introduce them to the wide range of opportunities and careers in these fields.

More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.

More than 1 million students are enrolled in PLTW programs.

In 2015, PLTW trained more than 10,000 teachers and has trained more than 29,000 teachers since 1997.

How can I learn more about PLTW opportunities for my child, school or community?

The best way to learn about PLTW opportunities is to contact us for further information.

Biomedical Science Core Training at Sanford Research ( July 11 – July 22, 2016):

Human Body Systems (HBS)

Medical Interventions (MI)

Contact Us
For general inquiries please contact:
(605) 312-6590

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