Project Lead the Way


Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national non-profit organization established to help schools give students the knowledge they need to excel in high-tech fields. PLTW’s high school program centers on developing better problem solving skills by immersing students in real-world engineering problems.

PLTW has developed a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college.
The courses are:  

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Digital Electronics
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Biotechnical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Development 

Introduction at this level will attract more students to engineering, and will allow students, while still in high school, to determine if engineering is the career they desire. Students participating in PLTW courses are better prepared for college engineering programs and more likely to be successful.

Currently Carmel High School is offering the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Digital Electronics (DE), and Principles of Engineering (POE). Other classes in the series are under development. Students successfully completing each course will be eligible for college credit at many colleges and universities across the country.

A critical component of the Project Lead the Way program is the comprehensive training required of registered teachers. Our PLTW teachers have received training from PLTW master teachers and specialist at Purdue University. The curriculum utilizes cutting edge technology and software requiring continual updated training and improvement of skills.

Understanding that another key to success is awareness, PLTW makes a concerted effort to inform school counselors through counselor conferences, brochures and videotapes about the benefits of the program, as well as the wide array of technology jobs and careers available to students who enter the field upon graduation from high school and college. For more information on the PLTW curriculum go to their website at