Project Lead the Way

Robotics in Project Lead the Way

What is Project Lead the Way?
Project Lead the Way, PLTW, partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education.

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.

Inver Grove Heights Middle School 7th graders learn and study the Design Process. They build air racers, learn a CAD program called Inventor when they build a 3D model of a Pegboard toy, and design and build a Rube Goldberg contraption.

Topics covered in 7th grade include:
  • What is engineering?
  • The design process/measurement
  • Sketching and dimensioning
  • Designing for production
  • Simple machines
As 8th graders, students study Automation and Robotics. They learn about gears and gear ratios and then write a computer program using Robo Pro. Students are challenged to solve a problem by building with Fischertechnik (similar to LEGOs) and wiring the machines to their computer program. Students make an automated sign, stop lights, swing bridges, and an elevator.

Topics covered in 8th grade include:
  • Nanotechnology
  • Engineering
  • Career exploration
  • What is robotics?
  • Mechanical systems
  • Automated systems
How does PLTW help students succeed?
The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing a foundation for 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. PLTW sparks the ingenuity, creativity, and innovation within all of our students.