Project Lead the Way

North Branch Area Public Schools successfully implemented PLTW at the middle school in the fall of 2012 and at the high school, with financial assistance from the Andersen Foundation, in the fall of 2013. Support from the Andersen Foundation was also integral in the expansion of PLTW at the high school, middle school, and Sunrise over the last five years.

PLTW LAUNCH was expanded to fifth grade in the 2016-17 school year. With that expansion, North Branch Area Public Schools is proud to offer STEM curriculum for all students grades K-12!


North Branch Area Middle School, NBAMS, continues the district’s STEM curriculum beginning with 6th Grade Lego Robotics; 7th Grade PLTW “Design and Modeling;” and 8th Grade PLTW “Automation and Robotics” as required course for all students.  In addition to the required courses, students also have an option to participate 7th Grade PLTW "Medical Detectives" and 8th Grade PLTW "Space and Flight."\


The middle school enrollment includes 930 students grades 5-8. The majority of the STEM courses currently in place in the middle school are required classes taken by all students, grades 6-8.  The two sixth grade science teachers have received specific training in the implementation of the Lego Robotics curriculum and the PLTW instructors in grades 7 and 8 have completed the “Gateway to Technology” training that is required prior to implementing PLTW in the middle school.

PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education for middle and high schools. Now in 5,000 schools in all 50 states, the comprehensive curriculum - developed collaboratively by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators - emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving.  Students are engaged on multiple levels and exposed to areas of study that provides them with a strong foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM related fields. According to PLTW, students engaged in the curriculum do significantly better in math and science and graduate at a much higher rate than non-PLTW peers in post-secondary education.

North Branch Area Public Schools successfully implemented PLTW at the middle school in the fall of 2012 and at the high school, with financial assistance from the Andersen Foundation, in the fall of 2013. Support from the Andersen Foundation was also integral in the expansion of PLTW at the high school, middle school, and Sunrise over the last five years.