Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

  • Project Lead the Way offers research-supported, age-appropriate lessons and full-year courses in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. The program is now at all four Queensbury school buildings, with students at every level exploring, discovering, creating and building 21st-century skills.

    Queensbury Elementary School
    William H. Barton Intermediate School

    Students in grades K-5 complete two Project Lead the Way: Launch modules at each grade level.

    • Kindergarten:
      • Structure and Function: Exploring Design
      • Pushes and Pulls
    • First Grade:
      • Light and Sound
      • Light: Observing the Sun, Moon and Stars
    • Second Grade:
      • Materials Science: Properties of Matter
      • Materials Science: Form and Function
    • Third Grade:
      • Stability and Motion: Science of Flight
      • Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions
    • Fourth Grade:
      • Energy: Collisions
      • Energy: Conversion
    • Fifth Grade:
      • Robotics and Automation
      • Robotics and Automation: Challenge

    Queensbury Middle School

    Sixth-graders will complete a Project Lead the Way: Gateway module in Medical Detectives as an introduction to biomedical sciences.

    Eighth-graders at Queensbury Middle School complete a Project Lead the Way: Gateway module in design and modeling as part of their technology classes. The module helps students prepare for the P-TECH program, in which they can enroll at the end of eighth grade.

    Queensbury High School

    Queensbury High School offers courses from the Project Lead the Way: Engineering pre-engineering program.

    In PLTW, a comprehensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. Its goal is to increase the number of students who pursue engineering and engineering technology programs in college. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to subjects they typically would not pursue, provides them with a strong foundation for achieving their academic goals, and establishes a proven path to college and career success in STEM-related industries. 

    At QHS, the PLTW program includes four foundation courses:

    • Design and Drawing for Production (DDP/PLTW)
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
    • Principles of Engineering (POE)
    • Civil Engineering and Architecture (coming in 2018-19)

    These courses are included in the high school P-TECH program.

    Queensbury students have the opportunity to earn college credit from the Rochester Institute of Technology for each PLTW course based on the results of a PLTW exam and the final average for a course. If a student qualifies, there is a registration process and fee to earn college credit through RIT.

Students look at monitors and hold blocks during PLTW lessons