Project Lead The Way
About Project Lead The Way (PLTW):
Project Lead The Way provides a comprehensive approach to STEM Education. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For educators, our engaging, rigorous teacher professional development model provides tools to empower students and transform the classroom into a collaboration space where content comes to life.
Creating an environment for “Femineers”
As 1 of only 2 all girls schools nationwide, Queen of Peace is dedicated to creating a learning environment to encourage exploration in the STEM areas. PLTW allows our students to think critically, work collaboratively and explore how math and science work in everyday life through our PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Sciences program.
Women make up only 10 percent of U.S. engineers. We must change this. Today's girls are our future engineers - they naturally possess the creativity and analytical and communication skills that are the signature traits of an engineer. We must inspire them to dream big, reach higher, and pursue their passions. Join Project Lead The Way in introducing girls to the exciting career of engineering!
Women & STEM Facts:
- The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, there will be more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs seeking qualified, trained workers.
- Women constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM.
- Nationally, Project Lead The Way alumni are five to 10 times more likely than other first-year college students to pursue engineering or technology classes.
- According to a 2011 U.S. government report, the average salary for non-STEM workers is estimated to be $44,000 while the average STEM salary comes in at $78,000.