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Who do I contact with questions – PLTW or RIT?

PLTW and RIT are two separate entities and are only connected to each other through a partnership agreement.  The school district signs an agreement with PLTW to implement the program. All curriculum, assessment, equipment and district agreement questions should be addressed to PLTW through schoolsupport@pltw.org

Questions about specific training institutes, undergraduate and graduate credit, and school certification should be addressed to RIT (see contact list for appropriate person).

As a PLTW teacher, what interaction will I have with RIT?

RIT serves as PLTW’s national affiliate university in New York State.  The university provides the following services to schools and teachers:

  • Core Training Institutes – PLTW teachers are required to attend course trainings in their home state. If that is not possible, then special permission can be given to attend another site. RIT offers core training in the summer and winter.
  • Update Training – RIT offers periodic one-day update training sessions on various software programs, new equipment, etc.
  • Teachers are able to earn RIT graduate credits for their PLTW courses.
  • RIT offers undergraduate college credit to students from PLTW-certified schools who meet the university’s minimum requirement for the end-of-year assessment score.
  • RIT hosts the annual PLTW NY STEM Conference.
  • PLTW requires that schools be certified once their programs are underway.  RIT oversees that process for New York State schools.

Students & Parents

What is Project Lead The Way?

Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from this country’s educational systems.

How did the program begin?

The PLTW curriculum was first introduced to 12 New York State high schools in the 1997-98 school year. The program is now offered in more than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

What are the benefits of PLTW to students?

Students in the PLTW program:                

  • Use the latest computer software and equipment
  • Participate in a hands-on, activity oriented program that utilizes team efforts
  • Take courses that will apply and reinforce their study of math and science
  • Participate in a program that will allow them to explore a major career path and, if they wish to continue, will prepare them for further education at a two-or four-year college in the field of engineering or engineering technology
  • Participate in a program that has developed articulation agreements with a number of colleges who will accept specified courses for credit or advanced placement

Are students able to receive RIT credit for PLTW courses?

Students from PLTW-certified schools have the opportunity to qualify for undergraduate college credit from RIT for their courses.  These credits are ‘transcripted’ and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.  Each course is offered at a discount rate of $200 and worth 3 semester credits.  Additional information is located here.

Counselors & Administrators

What is my role in the school’s PLTW program?

Counselors play a key role in recruiting students into PLTW courses and guiding them to pursue their interest in STEM fields.   

What are the benefits of PLTW to students?

Students in the PLTW program:                

  • Use the latest computer software and equipment.
  • Participate in a hands-on, activity oriented program that utilizes team efforts.
  • Take courses that applies and reinforces their study of math and science.
  • Participate in a program that allows them to explore a major career path and, if they wish to continue, prepares them for further education at a two-or four-year college in the field of engineering or engineering technology.
  • Participate in a program that has developed articulation agreements with a number of colleges who accept specified courses for credit or advanced placement.

How do I learn more about the program?

Each year, RIT hosts the PLTW NY STEM Conference for counselors, administrators and teachers.  This conference includes a robust agenda of multiple breakout sessions that focus PLTW courses, STEM education and other trending topics.  Conference location varies each year, and fulfills the Counselor Training requirement for PLTW Program Certification.

Are students able to receive RIT credit for PLTW courses?

Students from PLTW-certified schools have the opportunity to qualify for undergraduate college credit from RIT for their courses.  These credits are ‘transcripted’ and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.  Each course is $200 and worth 3 semester credits.  Additional information is located here.