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Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an innovative educational program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. It offers hands-on, project-based curriculum designed to ignite curiosity and passion for problem-solving. Through engaging and practical activities, PLTW helps students develop critical thinking skills, teamwork abilities, and adaptability, preparing them for future success in a rapidly changing world. All District 35 students Kindergarten through 8th grade participate in one Unit of PLTW each school year.

Grade Level Unit of Instruction


Structure & Function: Exploring Design
First Grade Light & Sound
Second Grade Grids & Games
Third Grade Stability & Motor: Forces & Interaction
Fourth Grade Energy Exploration
Fifth Grade Design & Modeling
Sixth Grade Flight & Space
Seventh Grade Automation & Robotics Level 1
Eight Grade Automation & Robotics Level 2