Since 2006, Iowa State has been an affiliate of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a leading provider of programs used in STEM education in middle and high schools all around the United States. Students involved in PLTW are given an in-depth look into the world of engineering.
PLTW students are also exposed to professionals in STEM fields from local industries. The curriculum was designed by a collaboration of teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and administrators to promote real-world problem-solving skills and innovation through critical thinking and creativity.
Presenting STEM education opportunities at a young age can benefit students by introducing them to fields of engineering they may not have found otherwise. It also gives students real-world experience and skills prior to attending college.
In this video Gregory Page, CEO of Cargill, explains the importance of its partnership with PLTW. One of Cargill’s interns, Mackenzie McCoy talks about her experience in the program, the opportunities she has received from it and her plans to attend Iowa State this fall.