PLTW Model Program of the Year

PLTWMenomonie High School is leading the way in Wisconsin when it comes to a national pre-engineering program   known as Project  Lead The Way (PLTW). On Dec. 4, the Technology and Engineering Education Department was honored as Wisconsin’s PLTW Model Program of the Year at the Wisconsin PLTW Professional Development Conference in Oconomowoc.

Currently in its third year of participation in the program, Menomonie offers the courses; Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics at the high school level. The high school became a PLTW certified school last year after undergoing a full day of evaluation by Milwaukee School of Engineering personnel.

PLTW is intended to provide an educational experience for all students. The curriculum is based on national and state educational standards in math, science and technology. The hands-on, project and problem-based approach adds rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics by relating to real life situations. It also provides a jumpstart for those interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at the two- and four-year post-secondary levels. Students meeting the eligibility requirements can also obtain college credit for their high school courses.   

Menomonie is also currently in its second year of offering the PLTW Gateway to Technology Program at the middle school level. The middle school PLTW program received recognition as the 2007-2008 Technology Education program of the year by the Wisconsin Technology Education Association (WTEA).

Learn more about PLTW by visiting www.pltw.org (national) and www.pltw-wi.org (Wisconsin), or by contacting Phil Winegar at Menomonie High School or Jeff Sullivan at Menomonie Middle School.