Ewa Makai student drawing in art class.


Automation and Robotics

Taught by Scott Saiki, students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.

Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Taught by Miki Cacace, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.

Project Lead The Way

Global and local challenges surround us. To address these challenges and move forward, we need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time. Project Lead The Way empowers students with these skills – relevant to any career or role they take on – and prepares teachers to engage their students in hands-on learning. Whether designing and producing prosthetics or deploying innovative water filtration devices in developing countries, PLTW students and the teachers who support them are empowered to make a difference in their classrooms, in their communities, and around the world.  


Empowering, Inspiring, Engaging

Imagine a classroom filled with engaged students who are collaborating with classmates on solving real-world problems, like programming electronic devices or devising how to clean up an oil spill.  

Imagine a teacher supporting student inquiry and learning as a coach and facilitator, rather than a lecturer. 

Imagine an environment where students are disappointed to hear the bell ring because they are intent on solving a medical mystery. 

Imagine PreK-12 students who are already making a difference today and will go on to change the world tomorrow

This is what happens every day for PLTW students and teachers at every grade level across the U.S. 

Group of Ewa Makai students sitting at a table in science class focused on their work.