Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. The engaging, hands-on classroom environment empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and STEM skills that they will rely on throughout their time at Seaford UFSD and beyond. There are three different pathways that our students will explore throughout all 4 schools: Biomedical Science, Computer Science and Engineering. Students engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves.
Students already have the qualities of great designers and innovators and PLTW taps into their exploratory nature, engaging them in learning that feels like play, and encouraging them to keep discovering. The PLTW program at the elementary level is entitled Launch and empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem-solvers ready to take on any challenge.
The PLTW Launch program consists of 43 interdisciplinary modules in the three bands of Biomedical Science, Computer Science and Engineering. The modules used currently, and constantly being expanded are:
- Animals and Algorithms
- Changing Earth
- Grids and Games
- Life Cycles and Survival
- Science of Flight
- Structure and Function
The PLTW program is implemented through the Library program at the Harbor and Manor Schools.
At the middle school level the PLTW program is entitled Gateway, which consists of 10 different modules, again in the Biomedical Science, Computer Science and Engineering bands. Middle school students are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension.
Currently, the PLTW program is part of the 6th Grade Wheel, ensuring that every student has exposure to this exciting curriculum. The module that students are working with is entitled Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. We are planning on expanding the program using other modules into 7th and 8th grade.
We are please to announce that we will be offering a PLTW course at Seaford High School for the 2022 - 2023 school year: Human Body Systems. Students will examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues, monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.
This course will be open to Juniors and Seniors who have successfully completed their core studies in Living Environment, Earth Science and Chemistry.