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PLTW/STEM Events for 2016

April 20, 2016:  PLTW day at the State Capitol.

  • Schools from the State will have a PLTW expo at the Capitol Rotunda
  • Legistators will chat with students about the curriculum.

May 10, 2106:  STEM Partner's Showcase @ Direct Supply

May 26, 2016:  Annual Automotive Fair at Pulaski

Manufacturing Day at Rockwell Automation's "Automation Fair!"

MPS was represented and learned more by viewing: interactive exhibits, cool technology, FIRST robotics, and  seeing over 10,000 people interacting with technology and people at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Take a look at the video at  AUTOMATION FAIR.

Gaenslen students display their work Pulaski StudentsSouth Division PLTW

PLTW is a nationally established program focused on preparing the future technical and engineering workforce. PLTW offers a middle school “Gateway to Technology” curriculum and a five-course “Pathway to Engineering” high school curriculum. Through PLTW, MPS students have the opportunity to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education through a fully developed curriculum intended to stimulate interest in various fields of technology.


Project Lead the Way in MPS

PLTW allows MPS to systematize and coordinate engineering as a focal point for STEM education. The program, built upon national standards and linkages to post-secondary opportunities, is benchmarked to state standards.


  • 37 schools, 9425 students in school year 2015-2016, grades 6-12
  • 89% children of color
  • 49% females
  • Female student participate rates in PLTW exceed national, state and district rates for participation in STEM education by as much as 30%.
PLTW offers
  • Project-based courses meeting national science, mathematics and literacy standards
  • Teacher and counselor training
  • Equipment specifications
  • 21st century software
  • Post-secondary articulation
  • Strong support structure
  • National recognition
  • Proven record of performance
Recent studies of PLTW in MPS
  • PLTW students take more math credits as seniors than non-PLTW peers (UW-Madison Center on Education and Work, Dr. A Phelps, 2009)
  • High school PLTW students have higher attendance rates than non-PLTW peers (Phelps)
  • On the Wisconsin Career Assessment, over 50% of PLTW students chose the STEM career cluster. (UW-Milwaukee study, Drs. S. White and J. Heywood, 2007-2010)
  • PLTW students take the ACT at a greater rate than their non-PLTW peer. (Phelps)
  • PLTW students are more likely to score proficient on their grade 10 WKCE tests than their non-PLTW peers. (Phelps)
  • Over three years, PLTW appears to reduce and eliminate gaps in educational achievement and attendance at entry into middle school. (White)
  • Accessibility of the curriculum to non-engineering teachers through ongoing professional development and support is a major advantage.
MPS district goals for PLTW
  • Increase test scores, particularly in math and science, in PLTW schools.
  • Increase number of MPS students entering post-secondary STEM programs.
  • Increase number of MPS students entering any post-secondary program.
  • Increase graduation rates in PLTW schools.
  • Raise career awareness among parents and students of STEM fields.
  • Strengthen career education programs in middle and high schools.
PLTW High Schools--Pathway to Engineering
  1. Bay View High School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics (DE)
  2. Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics (DE)
    4. Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
    5. Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
    6. Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  3. Alexander Hamilton High School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics (DE)
    4. Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
    5. Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  4. Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented  High School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics(DE)
    4. Aerospace Engineering (AE)
    5. Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
  5. Riverside University High School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics(DE)
  6. South Division High School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics(DE)
  7. Harold S. Vincent High School
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
  8. Washington High School of Information Technology
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Principles of Engineering (POE)
    3. Digital Electronics (DE)
  9. School of Career and Technical Education (SCTE)
    1. Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED)
    2. Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
PLTW Engineering Courses

PLTW Engineering  

In PLTW Engineering, high school students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and use the same industry-leading technology and software as are used in the world’s top companies.


Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software.

Principles Of Engineering (POE)

This course will introduce students to the principles of engineering including: Definition and Types of Engineering, Engineering Systems, Materials, Engineering for Reliability, Strength of Materials, Communication and Documentation, Design Process, and Kinematics. As well as develop creative and critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and positive attitudes toward work, lifelong learning, and success as individuals

Digital Electronics (DE)

This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals.

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CAE)

In this course, students are given an overview of the fields of civil engineering and architecture emphasizes the inter-relationship and mutual dependence of both fields.  Students will develop and implement a various projects and will learn about the job responsibilities of architects and civil engineers.


Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design, and Design and Drawing for Production. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included.

Capstone Course - Engineering Design and Development (EDD)

Students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the course.

PLTW High Schools--Bio Medical Program

PLTW – Biomedical program


  1. Hamilton High School
    1. Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
    2. Human and Body Systems(HBS)
    3. Medical Interventions(MI)


  1. James Madison
    1. Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
    2. Human and Body Systems(HBS)
    3. Medical Interventions(MI)


  1. Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented
    1. Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
    2. Human and Body Systems(HBS)


  1. Pulaski High School
    1. Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
    2. Human and Body Systems(HBS)


  1. Riverside University High School
    1. Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
    2. Human and Body Systems(HBS)
    3. Medical Interventions(MI)


  1. South Division High School
    1. Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
    2. Human and Body Systems(HBS)
    3. Medical Interventions(MI)
PLTW High Schools--Bio Medical Program Courses


  1. Principles of Bio-Medical Sciences (PBS) course in which students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and bioinformatics.
  2. Human Body Systems (HBS) examines the process, structures and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health.
  3. Medical Interventions (MI), students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. 
  4. Biomedical Innovation (BI) is the capstone course. In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.   

Program Research

The US Department of Labor predicts that eight of the twenty careers with the highest demand for employees in the next decade will be in the health care sector. The health services sector is projected to grow more than any other industry (about 30.3%) through 2014. Our nation’s aging population, combined with longer life expectancies and rapidly advancing technology, has created a growing demand for highly skilled professionals in a broad spectrum of health care and science careers. These include paramedics, biomedical engineers, medical illustrators, occupational and physical therapists, medical physicists, scientific and pharmaceutical researchers, forensic scientists, physicians, nurses and radiological and surgical technicians.

To better prepare today’s youth for the challenges of the health care field, Milwaukee Public School has launched Growing Talent for Bio-Medical Science Careers with the new Bio-Medical Sciences curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW). The PLTW Biomedical Science program parallels the proven PLTW engineering curriculum. The sequence of high school courses includes four courses, all aligned with the appropriate national learning standards: Principals of Biomedical Sciences; Human Body Systems; Medical Interventions; Biomedical Innovation Capstone Course. The program uses a combination of activity-based, project-based and problem-based (APPB) learning styles to engage students. APPB learning creates an exciting environment where the possibilities of a medical field come to life, and also teaches students to: Solve problems, conduct research, understand real-world problems, and analyze data.

The rigorous and relevant four-course PLTW Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.

PLTW Middle Schools – Gateway to Technology (GTT)
  1. Audubon Technology & Communication Center
  2. Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy of Science
  3. Cass Street School
  4. Clarke Street School
  5. Congress
  6. Cooper
  7. Fairview Elementary School
  8. Franklin Middle School
  9. Frederick J. Gaenslen School
  10. Humboldt Park
  11. Golda Meir School
  12. Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
  13. Rufus King International Middle year
  14. Milwaukee Sign Language
  15. Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented
  16. La Causa Charter School
  17. Lincoln Center of the Arts
  18. Barack Obama
  19. La Escuela Vieau
  20. Wedgewood Park International School
  21. Westside Academy II
Gateway To Technology (GTT): Middle school Courses

Gateway To Technology (GTT):  Middle schools are provided engineering and biomedical science curriculum that challenge, inspire, and offer students and schools variety and flexibility.


Design & Modeling
Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

Automation & Robotics
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects.

Energy & the Environment
Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world.

Flight & Space
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.

Science of Technology
Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM.

Magic of Electrons
Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices.

Green Architecture
In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.

Medical Detectives
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.


The Learning Community (MPS)

PLTW WIsconsin


STEM Coordinator & Curriculum Specialist

Antonio Rodríguez
Office: 414-475-8202
Phone: 414-475-8255
Fax: 414-475-8250

Career and Technical Education Director

Eric Radomski
Office:  414-475-8202
Phone: 414-475-8391
Fax: 414-475-8250

Project Lead the Way Classroom Coach

Ulices Sepulveda
Phone: 414-475-8794
Fax: 414-475-8250

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