What is PLTW?

We’ve been taking this class for two years now, but I doubt any of us know exactly how this class came to be and why it’s so important for us to take it. We can all agree that this class has taught us some important aspects of STEM that will come handy to us in the future. But it’s hard to know exactly how this will help us if we don’t already know why it’s helping us in the first place.

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The PLTW program was created based off of what our future workforces will hold. Technology has been a big advancement in the last 50 years and will only advance quicker and be integrated in almost every task of our everyday lives. The first school district to integrate this program into their classes, the Shenendehowa Central School District, did so to prepare students to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. By the end of the first year of 1986, the classes were reported successful and grew into a national program by 1998. Gateway To Technology (GTT), was also added for middle school students in 2000. Additional high school programs were added in 2008 (Bio medical Sciences), 2013 (Computer Science), and the elementary school program

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PLTW Launch was added in 2013. PLTW is now being implemented in over 4,782 schools in at least one in all 50 states and is expected to go as far as 5,200 schools by the end of this year.

With the help of corporations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing) and other endorsements, (Kern Family Foundation, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, University of Virginia) this non-profit organization and all of its users have found that more than 70% of PLTW seniors are intending to study engineering, technology, or computer science. We are heading only towards great outcomes that only us in the future can forever appreciate, and it starts with new ideas that build upon one another to invent new ways of thinking and integrating STEM into our everyday lives.

~ McClain 7th period

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