Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an industry leader in providing transformative learning experiences for Pre K-12 students and teachers in more than 11,500 schools nationwide. PLTW's cutting-edge curriculum empowers students to solve real-world challenges through engaging and hands-on learning projects. Amador Valley has the PLTW Gateway program at all three of the middle schools in the district and the PLTW Launch program at one of the elementary schools.
VEX Robotics is the exclusive robotics platform offered to PLTW schools, bringing new and exciting opportunities for students across the United States. PLTW’s courses have been updated with rigorous new lessons implementing both VEX EDR and VEX IQ. This ensures that as students progress through their education, they will continue to run the full gamut of robotics, from design, to building, to programming. For more information on PLTW and to learn more on how you or your student can become involved, visit their website at www.pltw.org. VEX is proud to support the following PLTW pathways:
PLTW Launch empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them.
Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
PLTW Engineering teaches students to develop the problem-solving mindset of an engineer. Students will engage in real-life challenges such as designing a home or programming a robotic arm. PLTW Engineering offers additional courses from Digital Electronics to Aerospace Engineering.
PLTW Computer Science inspires students to become creators of technology, rather than just consumers. Students will work together to design solutions, and learn computational thinking and the effects on society, especially - students learn of the responsibility of programming, not just how to code.
“[One of the] great models of the new CTE succeeding all across the country.”
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
“[A] model for 21st century career and technical education.”
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many of our team members take classes in Amador Valley's Project Lead the Way Network (PLTW) in conjunction to their work in Avengineers. Concepts that are taught in PLTW find parallels with skills taught and applied in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) program.
Amador Valley's PLTW provides many classes after the foundationary classes of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE). Students who choose to continue in the program can choose from specialized classes in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Biotechnical Engineering, Digital Electronics, Computer Science Principles, and more.