PLTW Curriculum Goals
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) believes that all students beginning at a young age require access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond. Through PLTW’s programs, students develop in-demand, transportable skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication. Students will use these skills both in school and for the rest of their lives. As PLTW students progress, they are empowered to explore career paths, engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, and build communication skills. PLTW prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning.
The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in
the world. PLTW sparks the ingenuity, creativity, and innovation within all of our students.
Radnor High School currently offers the following PLTW courses:
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Principles of Engineering
- Civil Engineering and Architecture
- Aerospace Engineering
- Introduction to Computer Science
Earning College Credit for PLTW Courses
Students can earn college credit for PLTW course work, just like the Advanced Placement courses by:
- Completion of one of the above listed courses
- Earning a minimum of 80% in the class
- Earning an 80% on the PLTW standardized final exam
If the above requirements are satisfied, students are eligible to apply for college credit at one of the Affiliate Universities. Different schools use PLTW credits in different ways. Some use them towards a 2-year degree while other use them towards a 4-year program.
Students can apply to receive college credit by visiting the university affiliates page at the PLTW site. There students will find a list of the schools involved in the PLTW Pathway to Engineering Program. Students are encouraged to review the information provided as colleges and universities have different procedures for applying and using the credits. Make sure to only look into institutions that have the blue ENG icon. Some of the specialized courses like Aerospace Engineering are accepted by fewer schools. There are deadlines to apply for credit. Please look into each university’s policy as deadlines and requirements vary from school to school.
Students may see their PLTW teacher or Guidance Counselor if they have any questions. More information about PLTW can be found at www.pltw.org.