Named Distinguished School for STEM & Career Learning Program

Provided by Plainfield Community School Corporation

Plainfield High School announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Biomedical Science and Engineering. It is one of just 143 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 schools across the U.S.

“Our PLTW programs provide students the opportunity to have immersive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiences that prepare them for high demand careers. They are constantly working through the Design Thinking Process in these courses and, as a result, graduate from Plainfield High School as strong problem solvers,” explained Mel Siefert, Principal, Plainfield High School.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Plainfield High School had to meet the following criteria:

Students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses

A minimum of 25% of students participate in PLTW courses or of those who enrolled in PLTW courses, at least 33% took two or more PLTW courses

End-of-Course assessments completed by 95% of PLTW students

Strategies and procedures support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

PLTW Biomedical Science introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems, as well as the wide array of biomedical science careers. Throughout the program, students take on the same real-world challenges as biomedical science professionals, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields.

PLTW Engineering empowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer and adopt a problem-solving mindset. Students engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms and exploring algae as a biofuel source.

“It is a great honor to recognize Plainfield High School for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” says Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

Plainfield High School is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

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