Project Lead the Way


Racine St. Catherine’s is proud to offer Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses. PLTW is an engineering program that provides a comprehensive approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The compelling, hands-on PLTW classroom experience changes the way students experience school. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives high school students a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. Its comprehensive curriculum stresses critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and problem solving. PLTW is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.

Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students find PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.

Project Lead the Way courses are considered elective courses and do not count toward Math and Science graduation requirements.

PLTW Courses Offered in 2019-2020:

Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades 9-12, 1.0 credit)

Prerequisite: Student must be concurrently enrolled in a Science and Mathematics course.

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principals of Engineering (Grades 10-12, 1.0 credit)

Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Engineering Design and must be concurrently enrolled in a Science and Mathematics course.

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Please contact Karen Matthews, Science/STEM Dept. Chair, at (262) 632-2785 ext. 309 or via email for more information.