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Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.  PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.  PLTW's teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning.

Engineering Program

The program engages students in collaborative, real-world activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source.  As students work together to design and develop solutions to local and global challenges, they engage in problem-solving strategies and critical and creative thinking.  And by pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Engineering students learn that perseverance is key to learning and innovation.

The program's sequence of courses empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they'll use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.


Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

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 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

  • PLTW Certified Instructors

                        GONZALES1     McGufffey    Wagner_erin    West  

                         Tim Gonzales    Chris McGuffey      Erin Wagner         Dale West         

Principles of Engineering (POE)

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.

                         BIRKNER_Jennifer            Jern          darcy                    

                         Jennifer Birkner                  Eric Jern                  Darcy Newell


Dual Credit Opportunity


Be An Engineer

A partnership between JTHS and ExxonMobil provides the unique opportunity for ExxonMobil engineers to participate in classroom activities, providing real-world insight connected directly to the curriculum. This is made possible through the program Be An Engineer, supported by ExxonMobil.


Biomedical Science Program

Biomedical Science - Coming in 2017-2018

Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today's biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place.

PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges - and they're doing it before they even graduate from high school.  Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems.  Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

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