Document Type

Conference Proceeding


A female’s college and career goals may ultimately be restricted by declining interest and achievement in mathematics that originates during her pre-high school years. This researcher examined how a piloted pre-engineering program in one eighth grade team impacted adolescent girls’ interest and achievement. The results suggest that Project Lead The Way impacted both boys’ and girls’ interest and achievement in mathematics. As this educational research was undertaken to assist local decision makers in supporting or opposing a district adoption of PLTW for all middle schoolers, effectively communicating the results to the various stakeholders in an engaging, useful manner was paramount.