Launch + PLTW: There’s A Path For That

Project Lead The Way empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.
By Savannah Waszczuk

Computer Science*

Looking for ways to engage your tech-loving students? PLTW’s Computer Science pathway is just the ticket. Learners enrolled in Computer Science courses engage in collaborative projects that help them develop in-demand computer science knowledge, all while acquiring transportable skills like creative thinking and communication. And of course, teachers work to show students how their learning in the virtual classroom connects to the real world and their future careers.

Courses Starting Fall 2023

Computer Science Essentials
With an emphasis on computational thinking and collaboration, this course provides an excellent entry point for students to begin or continue the Launch PLTW Computer Science experience. Learners use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python, and they engage in exciting activities such as creating apps, developing websites and learning how to make computers work. In addition to applying computational thinking practices, students build their industry vocabulary and collaborate just as computing professionals do, all while creating products that address topics and problems important to them.

Computer Science Principles
Coding, Data processing and task automation—oh my! Students in this Launch PLTW Computer Science Principles course develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the internet. Using Python as a primary tool, they’ll learn the fundamentals of coding, data processing, data security and task automation, all while learning to contribute to an inclusive, safe, and ethical computing culture. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP).

Projected Courses Starting Fall 2024

Computer Science A; Cybersecurity

*LMW Pathway: Information Technology



PLTW’s Engineering pathway helps students adopt a problem-solving mindset by presenting them with assignments that require analytical thinking and collaboration. Courses engage students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices and even exploring algae as a biofuel source! Engineering students graduate with skills in engineering, problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and perseverance.

Courses Starting Fall 2023

Introduction to Engineering Design
Calling all future engineers! In Introduction to Engineering Design, students explore engineering tools and apply a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, all which is a part of the engineering design process. Learners progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to plan, document, communicate and develop their professional skills. They also dig deep into the engineering design process and learn to apply math, science and engineering standards to the course’s hands-on projects.

Projected Courses Starting Fall 2024

Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Civil Engineering & Architecture

*LMW Pathway: Engineering & Manufacturing


Biomedical Science*

Students enrolled in PLTW’s Biomedical Science pathway courses are immersed in activities that utilize state-of-the-art techniques used by professionals in hospitals and labs every day. Course work is both engaging and exciting as it invites students to investigate crime scenes, practice suturing and much more, all while developing knowledge and skills like problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration.   

Courses Starting Fall 2023

Principles of Biomedical Science
Students in Principles of Biomedical Science become engaged from their very first assignment, which invites them to investigate a crime scene and its many components. The course goes on to provide foundational knowledge and skills in fields such as biology, anatomy & physiology, genetics, microbiology, and epidemiology, all while sharing how such content can be applied to real-world situations, cases and problems. In addition, students explore how connections to other disciplines such as computer science and engineering shape the future of medicine, and they practice collaboration techniques that will help them connect with professionals across any field.

Projected Courses Starting Fall 2024

Human Body Systems; Medical Interventions; Biomedical Innovation

*LMW Pathway: Health Science

PLTW Fast Fact: PLTW courses introduce students to problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking & professional communication and collaboration skills.