"Global and local challenges surround us. To address these challenges and move forward, we need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time." — PLTW

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Problem-based learning is an instructional strategy in which students work cooperatively to investigate and resolve an ill-structured problem based on real-world issues or situations. The steps involved in problem-based learning include:

  • determining what the problem is;
  • creating a specific statement of the problem;
  • identifying the information needed;
  • identifying the resources to be used to find that information;
  • developing a possible solution;
  • analyzing and refining the solution;
  • presenting the final solution, orally and/or in writing.


Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences. PLTW creates an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. These real-world learning pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves. PLTW Web Site