Project Lead The Way Iowa

Welcome Students, Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Administrators and anyone interested in STEM education

Here you will find information and resources to guide you through the Iowa Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. See the opportunities PLTW delivers to a growing number of young men and women.

PLTW is truly a K-12 solution!

PLTW Launch

K-5 students are introduced to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

PLTW Gateway

Middle school students learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution

PLTW Engineering

High school students learn to innovate, think critically, and collaborate to solve problems

PLTW Computer Science

Tomorrow's technologies, learned today

PLTW Biomedical Science

Bring the future of the biomedical sciences alive


John Deere School Grant Competition - PLTW Gateway
DEADLINE: December 15, 2015

PROGRAMMATIC: Schools must implement PLTW Gateway beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

GEOGRAPHIC: Schools must be located within 50 miles of one of the following locations: Des Moines, Dubuque, Ottumwa, Quad Cities, Waterloo

PLTW Summit 2016 Adds Host of National Geographic’s “Brain Games” to Speaker Lineup
Jason Silva, an accomplished television host and filmmaker, will deliver a keynote address on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at Project Lead The Way’s PLTW Summit 2016, the group announced today.

Second Annual Congressional App Challenge (Second Congressional District Only)
Congressman Dave Loebseck: I am writing to invite all high school students from Iowa’s Second Congressional District to participate in the Second Annual Congressional App Challenge. This nationwide event is intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, which play a more important role than ever before in our 21st century economy.

VEX IQ Smart Radio Announcement - PLTW Launch 5.1 and 5.2 Modules
VEX IQ® Robot Design Kits used in two PLTW Launch modules – Automation and Robotics, as well as Automation: Challenge – are now being shipped with an improved radio...

A Guide to the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS)
PLTW has created an easily accessible guide with step-by-step instructions on commonly needed myPLTW LMS items, such as getting started with course customization and applying basic course preferences. The guide will be available starting Monday, Nov. 9, and is found within the myPLTW LMS from the Help corner dropdown menu.

PLTW Assessment Announcements
We would like to remind you that performance-based assessment items are available in a majority of our high school courses.

Excellence in Action Award
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is pleased to announce our second annual Excellence in Action award, which will recognize and honor superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from around the nation. Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success. Deadline: All materials should be received by Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 4 p.m. CT. (5 pm ET).

Visit for Grant Opportunities
PLTW's School Grant Program, made possible through generous support from their partners, helps schools across the country implement and enhance PLTW programs.

New Telephone System for PLTW Solution Center
In order to provide you with the best experience possible, PLTW has implemented a new interactive phone system.

PLTW Assessment Announcements
The 2015-16 End of Course (EoC) Assessments are now available to the network and will close on June 30, 2016, for all courses.

2015-16 Software Reminders
If your school needs to access the software for the 2015-16 school year, please click on this link.

Master Teacher Application Process Opens on Thursday, October 15, 2015
The application process opens on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Completed applications must be submitted by Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. CT).

2016 I.O.W.A STEM Teacher Award


Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Upgrade Your Robotics Classroom With Robomatter
Robomatter is pleased to support PLTW schools and teachers, and wants to help make the most of your school year with the PLTW Upgrade Pack.

New Name for School Support and Technical Support Teams

PLTW Assessment Program Announcements
The 2015-16 End of Course (EoC) Assessments will be available to the network on Oct. 15, 2015, and will close on June 30, 2016, for all courses.

Student Rostering for 2015-2016 School Year is Now Open
PLTW District Administrators, School Administrators, or Principals need to roster all PLTW students to ensure students have access to myPLTW and any applicable End of Course (EoC) assessments.

We are excited to announce that the 2016 PLTW Summit will take place March 20-23, 2016, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Please mark your calendars for this opportunity to connect, collaborate, celebrate, and learn alongside other leaders in education and business. Registration will open in fall 2015.

Now Accepting Applications: The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program
The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in STEM fields to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts.

Introduce Your Community to PLTW With New Video
Looking to get parents and community members acquainted with Project Lead The Way (PLTW)? Our new overview video can help!

Through behind-the-scenes looks at PLTW classrooms and interviews with inspiring students and teachers from across the network, our latest overview video provides a great introduction to the PLTW experience.

Share Your Feedback on Ordering and Purchasing Supplies (click to take survey)
We are looking to improve the ordering and purchasing supply process. Please share your previous experience on ordering and purchasing PLTW supplies and we will use this feedback to help shape future improvements.

Transferring Course Materials in myPLTW
All trained PLTW Teachers gained access to the 2015-16 curricula on July 1 through the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS). Teachers should begin transferring any content they wish to carry over from their 2014-15 course shells into their 2015-16 course shells. Any content that is not transferred by Jan. 15, 2016, will be lost.

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