Project Lead the Way Engineering
Project Lead the Way engineering students at Mound Westonka High School graduate STEM-proficient and well-prepared for post-secondary education opportunities and the 21st century workforce.
What is Project Lead the Way?
Mound Westonka High School offers a certified Project Lead the Way program: a sequence of engineering courses that follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Students apply science and math concepts while they study different engineering-related fields and design, test and construct solutions for real-world problems.
PLTW provides students with personalized learning experiences in engineering and adapts to their abilities, regardless of their educational pursuits after high school. Throughout the PLTW program, students have the opportunity to learn from engineering professionals and to use the same industry-leading 3D design software as companies like Intel and Lockheed Martin.
The program also offers students career readiness in STEM-related fields, which are at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.
Benefits of Taking PLTW Courses
- Prepare for higher education in STEM-related fields
- Gain career readiness for STEM-related jobs, which are in high demand and pay well
- Experience "real world," hands-on engineering projects
- Earn college credit at higher education institutions, including the University of Minnesota, Dunwoody College of Technology and Hennepin Technical College
- Gain a competitive edge with college admissions
- Work with engineers from various area industries
- Qualify for a PLTW scholarship offered at the U of M
Westonka received PLTW certification in 2014, which allows students to earn two-and four-year college credit