Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous STEM education for elementary, middle and high school students. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study like engineering technology, civil engineering and biomedical science and provides them with a foundation for college and career success in STEM-related fields.

PLTW in Kansas City

Many area schools participate in PLTW, with availability growing rapidly over the past seven years:

KC Area Districts/Schools Offering PLTW

This list details PLTW offerings by individual schools and is organized by state and then alphabetically.

Teacher Mentor Days

KC STEM Alliance offers annual professional development events organized by field of study or grade level. For more information, contact Teri Kriege.

PLTW Launch Teacher Mentor Day

Learn about new trends, share best practices with peer teachers in module-specific breakout sessions, hear about new community resources and connect with professionals on new subject matter.

  • Date: February 2020 (exact date TBA)
  • Audience: PLTW Launch teachers, PLTW Coordinators/Administrators
  • Registration Fee: $45 per teacher (invoiced to each district following event)
  • Additional details and registration link: (coming soon)

PLTW Biomedical Science Teacher Mentor Day

Gather insights on “The Making of a Scientist” during a panel discussion, get a guided behind-the-scenes tours of Stowers Institute for Medical Research, network with industry mentors, hear updates from post-secondary partners and enjoy course breakout sessions with peer teachers.

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
  • Location: Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • Audience: Middle school (Gateway) and high school PLTW Biomedical Science teachers, PLTW Coordinators/Administrators
  • Registration Deadline: Space is limited. Registration will remain open until Friday, Sept. 27, or until the event reaches capacity, whichever comes first.
  • Registration Link: kcstem.info/2019BiomedTMD
  • Registration Fee: $45 per teacher (invoiced to each district following the event)

PLTW Engineering Teacher Mentor Day

Learn about new trends, share best practices with peer teachers in curriculum-specific breakout sessions, receive updates from post-secondary partners and connect with industry professionals on new subject matter.

  • Date: Late October 2019
  • Location: TBD
  • Audience: Middle school (Gateway) and high school PLTW engineering teachers, PLTW coordinators/administrators
  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Registration Fee: $45 per teacher (invoiced to each district following the event)

Computer Science Teacher Mentor Day

Hear about new trends, share best practices with peer teachers in curriculum-specific breakout sessions, receive updates from post-secondary partners and connect with industry professionals.

KC STEM Alliance, in partnership with PLTW, Science City and the KC Tech Council, expanded this professional development day to reach middle and high school teachers working with all computer science curricula, including PLTW, AP, Code.org, etc.

  • Date: January 2020
  • Location: TBD
  • Audience: Middle and high school computer science teachers (open to teachers of all curricula), school administrators/CTE coordinators
  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Registration Fee: $45 per teacher (invoiced to each district following the event)

Real World Learning Experiences for Students

PLTW Capstone Innovation Events & Competitions

KC STEM Alliance’s Senior Capstone Innovation model provides targeted events and awards to inspire  PLTW engineering and biomedical science senior capstone students; recognize and reward a job well done; and help students connect with resources and mentors in the business community.

PLTW Civil Engineering & Design Careers Day

More than 200 PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) students from high schools on both sides of the state line will gather for Civil Engineering & Design Careers Immersion Day. After a kick off session, students will head out for immersive visits with engineering, construction and design firms throughout the city.

Date: November 21, 2019

Partners:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers-Kansas City Section
  • Center for Architecture and Design

Location: Kick off at KU Edwards BEST Conference Center followed by site visits to engineering, construction and design firms

Audience: PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture Students

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2019

Registration Link: Coming Soon

For More Information: Contact Teri Kriege, STEM Outreach Consultant

KC HealthTracks

KC HealthTracks is a community partnership that uses PLTW to bring awareness and opportunities in health science careers to students in 11 under-resourced high schools in seven Kansas City-area school districts. Learn more.

Industry Partner Connections

KC STEM Alliance connects volunteer mentors from the business and entrepreneurial community with PLTW students to provide guidance, insight and resources for their senior capstone projects. These connections give STEM professionals and entrepreneurs a way to give back and help industry partners with workforce development initiatives.

Connect with PLTW Students

KC STEM Alliance provides targeted support for students enrolled in Project Lead The Way, with special attention on activities during the senior year capstone course. Kansas City’s STEM professionals who volunteer and engage with these students make a real difference in their experience. As PLTW enrollment grows, KC STEM Alliance needs more volunteers to support these innovative STEM students.

Connect with PLTW Teachers

Teacher Mentor Days connect teachers with industry experts for insightful discussions about new technology, the latest research and important trends that relate to their subject material and students’ career paths.

KC STEM Alliance seeks mentors with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, technology, biomedical science and related careers. Contact STEM Outreach Consultant Teri Kriege to be added to our list.

Connecting for College and Career Readiness

KC STEM Alliance convenes quarterly meetings with school and district PLTW coordinators, state education representatives, state and national PLTW leadership and others in the STEM learning ecosystem. During these meetings, educators share best practices and receive policy updates, funding opportunities, post-secondary and certification pathway information, career insights and more.