Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle and high schools to implement a curriculum, developed by and imparted by teachers that emphasizes hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and biomedical sciences in an effort prepare students for academic sciences in an effort to prepare students for academic and professional success in these disciplines. PLTW aims to encourage an increasingly more diverse group of students to consider careers as engineers in an effort to enable the United States to compete favorably in the global economy. PLTW's approach of using activities, project and problem-based learning centers on hands-on projects that have real-world applications. The curriculum makes mathematics and science relevant and strives to help students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom may be applied in everyday life.
Entering its fourth year at Oakland High School, the pathway is lead by Diane Johnson and is expanding each year. Currently offered are three courses: Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering & Design, and a Engineering Geometry with Physics course pairing.