What is Project Lead The Way (PLTW)?
PLTW is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools and high schools to implement a curriculum, developed by it and imparted by teachers whom it has trained, that emphasizes hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and biomedical sciences in an effort to prepare students for academic and professional success in these disciplines. PLTW aims to encourage an increasingly more diverse group of students to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers in an effort to enable the United States to compete favorably in the global economy.
What is Gateway?
Is it an activities, project, and problem-based (APPB) learning program and is designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity of middle school students. The instructional units excite and motivate students to use their imaginations and teach them to be creative and innovative, while gaining the skills they need to develop, produce, and use products and services. The curriculum appeals to a full range of students in grades 6 through 8 and relates technology to students’ daily lives. It also promotes communication and collaboration by emphasizing a team approach throughout the instructional units. This approach utilizes the strengths of each team member to accomplish the goals of the project, while offering students learning challenges at all ability levels.