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.
Students in grades K-5 complete two Project Lead the Way: Launch modules at each grade level.
- 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
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 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 five foundation courses:
- Design and Drawing for Production (DDP/PLTW)
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
- Principles of Engineering (POE)
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
- Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
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.