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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way is a national, non-profit education program that gives students entry-level expertise in the professions of the future in science and technology.

Explore the fields of engineering, architecture, biomechanics, manufacturing, math, and science. Learn how these fields and technology impacts the world we live in and how you can train for a career in this exciting field.

Program Benefits

Through the Project Lead the Way program you will learn valuable knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while discovering your own individuality, increasing your confidence, using creativity, and improving your problem solving, critical thinking, and team building skills.

In addition, students in the Project Lead the Way program:

  • earn higher grades in reading, math, and science.

  • receive training in current technology. Project Lead the Way classrooms are filled with all the latest technology and software to keep you a step above the rest.

  • participate in a program that explores a technical career.

  • gain career skills with hands-on projects.

  • earn college credit in high school.

In the News

Cedar Falls Showcases Nationally-Recognized Engineering Program - January 14, 2013

Project Lead the Way has been a part of the curriculum at Cedar Falls High School and junior highs for the past four years. Through various applied math and science courses, students are exposed to the software and gadgets that are utilized in the engineering world. Read more...

Project Lead the Way Courses

Project Lead the Way Students can integrate the following rigorous courses into their core curriculum in middle school and high school.

General Education course

Engineering Courses

EGT400 PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design

3 credits—This course uses a design development process while enriching technical and engineering problem-solving skills; students create and analyze models using specialized computer software (AutoCAD Inventor)

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

EGT410 PLTW - Principles of Engineering

3 credits—This course explores technology systems and manufacturing processes using the methodology of project-based engineering problem solving. Learning activities explore a variety of engineering disciplines and address the social and political consequences of technological change.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

EGT420 PLTW - Digital Electronics

3 credits—This course teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

EGT450 PLTW - Computer Integrated Manufacturing

3 credits—This course enhances computer modeling skills by applying principles of robotics and manufacturing automation to the creation of models of three-dimensional designs.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

EGT460 PLTW - Civil Engineering and Architecture

3 credits—This course introduces students to the interdependent fields of civil engineering and architecture; students learn project planning, site planning, and building design using specialized computer software (AutoDesk Revit).

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): EGT460

EGT470 PLTW - Engineering Design and Development

3 credits—This course is a research course that requires students to formulate the solution to an open-ended engineering question. With a community mentor and skills gained in their previous courses, students create written reports on their applications, defend the reports, and submit them to a panel of outside reviewers.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64


Project Lead the Way

Admissions Representative

Shelly Christensen
Hawkeye Center 124
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