Project Lead The Way

Daniel Spak — Program Manager

330-761-3270
dspak@akron.k12.oh.us

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a four-year pre-engineering program offered at Firestone High School, Garfield High School and NIHF STEM High School. 

PLTW is for high school students interested in STEM-related fields as well as those inspired by the application of STEM.

Annual studies of the PLTW program have shown it to be a launching pad for college and professional careers and a boost for academic performance. PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, math and science than other career and technical education students. They earn higher GPAs as freshmen in college. As the nation’s leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM, our vision is to ignite the spark of ingenuity and creativity within all students. By partnering with leaders and professionals in industry, PLTW is preparing students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.

FOUNDATION COURSES

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Digital Electronics (DE)


SPECIALIZATION COURSES

  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  • Biotechnical Engineering (BE)
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)


Current APS students interested in attending one of the programs should contact their school counselor for more information about the application/enrollment process. Students not currently in the APS district need to contact the open enrollment office in the administrative building. 

Firestone PLTW application
Enrollment and registration

Other contact information:

Garfield High School
Steve Carter
330.773.6831 x258

NIHF STEM High School
Zachary Griffith 
330.761.7965

PLTW websites:
National 
Ohio