About Project lead the way

Project Lead the Way is a national curriculum that offers a Teacher-Empowered Curriculum for a STEM Driven World for elementary, middle, and high school students. PLTW describes its curriculum as activity-project and problem-based (APB) instruction which helps students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life. Through their classes, students are exposed to areas of study like engineering and biomedical sciences which provide them with a strong foundation to enter the STEM Field, whether it be college, workforce, or other training program.

PLTW in the St. Louis Area

STEMSTL's Initiatives

PLTW Kick-Off Event  

This year we will kick off the year with our first-ever kick-off event which will take place at SLU’s Center for Global Citizenship. During this event, students and teachers will hear from our sponsors, hear from PLTW alumni working in the STEM industry as well as participate in breakout sessions.  

PLTW Senior Showcase  

This annual event takes place during the last week of April each year to celebrate graduating PLTW students. It is an opportunity for students to present their capstone project from their Engineering Design and Development and Biomedical Innovation courses for their peers, friends, family, educators, business and community members. This event includes a presentation of the scholarship awards for the online scholarship competition. 

The 2024 PLTW Senior Showcase will take place at SLU Center for Global Citizenship on April 26, 2024. Come back here for more details as April gets closer.   

Scholarship Competitions for the 2023-2024 School Year

St. Louis Metropolitan PLTW seniors enrolled in the Biomedical Innovation or Engineering Design and Development class are eligible to submit their capstone project in our scholarship competition via Zfairs. The last day to submit an entry is April 14th, 2024. Scholarship Categories, requirements, and rubric below.

*Students can only win one category. Award amount will be split for winners who submitted a team project.

Industry Partner Connections

STEMSTL connects volunteers from the Engineering and Biomedical community with PTLW Students. Our volunteers can sign up to be on the contact list for when teachers are looking for guest speakers, and be mentor for a senior (or team) as they work on their capstone project. Volunteers can also serve as judges for the scholarship competition. We encourage our industry volunteers to attend the in-person showcase to give feedback on students’ projects and poster presentations. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please sign up here.


PLTW Teacher Resources


Mayra Taylor Garcia 

Programs Manager