PLTW's formula is about building strategic partnerships among middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and business and industry to provide students with the rigorous, relevant, reality - based knowledge necessary to pursue engineering or engineering technology programs in college.
PLTW 's middle and high school programs meet national standards for mathematics, science, technology education, and English language arts.
It also offers a complete career/technical concentration study program with an emphasis on both mathematics and science while linking it to quality academic/technical courses.
PLTW 's curricula make math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. This approach is called activities-based learning, project-based learning, and problem-based learning (or APPB-learning, for short).
Research shows that schools practicing APPB-learning experience an increase in student motivation, cooperative learning skills, higher-order thinking, and student achievement.
The key components of PLTW 's APPB-learning include:
- Focusing students on one project over an extended period of time
- Working cooperatively and effectively as a class or in small groups
- Integrating mathematics, science, technology, and English language arts skills to solve complex problems