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determine if engineering is the career they desire” (Senecal, 2003, p. 8)

The courses incorporate the different skills that one would need in the engineering and engineering technologies fields.  Blais and his staff used the newest equipment and software that they could find in order to test this program.  They found that by taking these courses students would be better prepared for engineering and technical courses they would be taking in college.  

“The PLTW graduate will be better prepared for college engineering programs and more likely to be successful, thus reducing the attrition rate in these college programs, which currently exceeds 50% nationally” (author, year, p.   )     Project Lead the Way 1999 – 2003).

Mr. Blais and his staff put together a Technology Advisory Board when the development and testing began. This advisory board was charged to watch over and enhance the program.   

Status of PLTW

In the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s Blais and his staff field tested PLTW.   The schools that field-tested the program were only middle schools.  Mr. Blais and staff made a few reversions and published it for school to use.  There were only 12 schools in the country that picked up the curriculum and

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