Project Lead the Way
Pre-Engineering Student Madeline Stelter, has known since middle school she wanted to be an engineer.
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Show 1243: Project Lead The Way
Rob: Well, many of the high school students heading into the STEM fields are getting a head start at their local career techs thanks to a program called Project Lead The Way.
PLTW Pre-Engineering Student Madeline Stelter: I’ve known I wanted to be an engineer since I was in middle school. My grandpa was one, and it just kind of rubbed off on me when I was little.
PLTW Biomedical Sciences Student Steven Harsha: I plan on being a doctor, and so this academy really helped me figure that out a lot.
PLTW Pre-Engineering Student Jacob Pierce: I like math. Initially that’s why I started out, but as I got to doing it I found it actually took math and science and put life applications to it where you could actually go to a career where you use those every day, and it’s actually useful.
PLTW Pre-Engineering Instructor Julia Utley: The Project Lead The Way curriculum was initially developed so that it would excite folks to follow math and science as usually folks are like, “Math, science, aahh!” And they run away from it. But -- so it makes it fun, and it’s relevant, and it’s got rigor in it.
Francis Tuttle Tech Center Portland Campus Director Danny King: Using Project Lead The Way curriculum, we are able to show these students what engineering is really about.
PLTW Biomedical Sciences Student Abigail Jebaraj: It’s a great curriculum. I love how we get to do projects without really textbook-based.
PLTW Pre-Engineering Graduate Josh Brown: The teachers here are phenomenal. It’s not just the curriculum, and it’s not just the teachers, but the two of them together are definitely a good step into engineering.
Stelter: I like Project Lead The Way. It’s very easy to understand, and it’s very easy to follow, but it still gives me important information.
PLTW Math & Pre-Engineering Instructor Charles Koutahi: You can talk about the theory. You can talk about the effects of gravity, air resistance, everything else, but until you actually make a project and see it for yourself, you don’t really understand it a hundred percent.
PLTW Biomedical Sciences Instructor Julie Foster: It’s, usually there’s no middle ground. The students either decide this is really where I’m headed. And I like to say they’re on a mission. I’m going to nursing school. I’m going to go to medical school. And they’re on a mission.
PLTW Pre-Engineering Graduate Haylie Ritchie: It was interesting how it, you know, kind of like taught us the little technical things we needed to be able to succeed, but there was also room for us to kind of grow on our own.
PLTW Pre-Engineering Student Josh Birdwell: The math you’re learning correlates to physics and then that goes to the Project Lead The Way class, so you really see the relevance of what you’re learning.
Stelter: I feel like it’s teaching me without making it boring.
Brown: Robotics, I started doing my sophomore year. It was so much fun to just brainstorm with all of your classmates, and talk about all these different designs. Like I said, engineering, there’s never just one solution to it. And so to be able to see everyone’s ideas kind of come together on the board and then to paper and then to building it and then being able to use it. You’re creating something from nothing.
Stelter: It’s so much fun because I get to build things, and I get to program them, and I’m just, “This is going to be so awesome. I’m so excited.”
PLTW Biomedical Sciences Student Adam Chutek: Project Lead The Way classes actually allow you to get a better glimpse of life as in actual doctor.
King: Project Lead The Way is our magic bullet.
King: So it doesn’t matter whether you’re a high school student or an adult. When we’re asked to study or try to learn something new that is difficult, we want to know, “Why? What’s in it for me?” Project Lead The Way answers that question.